Jeni Lamb Rogers, PSL Law Group: Food traceability
By Elaine Watson
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Jeni Lamb Rogers, partner, PSL Law Group: I’ll be watching the FDA proposed Food Traceability Rule, which is intended to facilitate more rapid traceback investigations in a foodborne illness outbreak. To accomplish this, the proposed rule creates detailed requirements for collecting common data elements during critical tracking events and information sharing throughout the supply chain-- including restaurants and retailers-- for foods included by the FDA on the food traceability list and foods that contain those foods as ingredients.
Overall, I see the rule producing a new set of challenges for food and beverage manufacturers in classifying foods that they receive, produce, and ship on the list, retooling internal traceability systems, and managing traceability responsibilities contractually between parties in the supply chain.