On September 8, 2009 a new federal regulation took effect, requiring facilities that manufacture, process or hold food for consumption in the United States to inform the FDA within 24 hours if they find a reasonable probability that an article of food will cause severe health problems or death to a person or an animal.
The Reportable Food Registry (RFR or the Registry) is an electronic portal for Industry to report when there is reasonable probability that an article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences. The Registry helps the FDA better protect public health by tracking patterns and targeting inspections. The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (Pub. L.110-085), section 1005 directs the FDA to establish a Reportable Food Registry for Industry.
Federal, state, and local government officials may voluntarily use the RFR portal to report information that may come to them about reportable foods.