The FDA Final Rule for Food Traceability

On November 15, 2022, the FDA dropped the Final Rule on Food Traceability for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). I’ll be writing a few articles on this over the coming days / weeks, but I just wanted to drop a quick note on what my takeaway is on this important piece of regulation.

My first takeaway is that the rule comes with too many exemptions. They must really not want this to happen, because too many businesses are too small, or they don’t handle the right foods, or they don’t perform at the right stage in processing.

The foods on the Food Traceability List (FTL) are the most common culprits for foodbourne illness, but if you want to start at some of the more egregious outbreaks, you would find that food traceability with these exemptions wouldn’t cover them.

Here is a link to the Food Traceability List.

Here is a link to the Final Rule.

Here is a link to the Food Safety Modernization Act.

There is much to say about how Notionovus is playing in the food modernization and food safety arenas, and I hope to be able to demonstrate the progress we are making in the near future.