by Randall K. Fields
Under FSMA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is required to establish a national food tracking system, in collaboration with state and local authorities, that mandates participants in the food supply industry implement “one forward, one back” tracking on the food that moves through their operations. Fields argues that this system is wholly inadequate.
The author asserts that, to protect the vital role that FDA plays in safeguarding this nation’s food supply, FDA should establish a public-private national foods database that will allow instant, real-time access to tracking data for all products in the U.S. food supply; ensure that the database is agnostic in terms of internal systems and communication; and, make sure that the database is easy to use and affordable.
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