The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has announced that the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Board of Directors adopted a Resolution in support of the IFT Report “Traceability (Product Tracing) in Food Systems” at their June 2010 Annual Educational Conference.
In September 2008, IFT was charged with reviewing technical and economic aspects of food product tracing under contract with the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition of the Food and Drug Administration. A state traceback investigator and AFDO member was part of the core expert panel who developed the recommendations to improve the speed and accuracy of product tracing throughout the food system.
In their resolution, AFDO stated that it “believes that the recommendations in this report provide the necessary data elements, formats, and controls for establishing an effective food product tracing system that could be globally accepted” and go on to say “AFDO advises FDA of our support of the IFT report and the food product tracing recommendations, and … ask(s) FDA to consider supporting the recommendations as well and to work with AFDO to identify any measures that could help advance these recommendations so they can be implemented into a national regulatory structure.”
As food safety legislation moves through the Congress, and FDA begins to implement measures pertaining to product tracing, IFT will continue to use the report as the basis for product tracing recommendations, and is pleased that AFDO has lent their support to the recommendations as well.
An array of resources, including webcasts and the reports, are freely available at www.ift.org/traceability.