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FDA's third wave of food traceability tips

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled new resources on 30 November 2023 to guide stakeholders on the Food Traceability Rule, aiding covered entities in achieving compliance by the 20 January 2026 deadline. 

This rule expedites the identification and removal of potentially contaminated food, reducing foodborne illnesses and deaths. The updated tools include a webpage on traceability lot codes, a video on technological aspects of tracing systems, traceability plan examples, FAQs, new deli salad supply chain cases, and guidance on applying for waivers. 

Routine inspections under the rule start in 2027, aligning with the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative and FSMA Section 204(d). The rule enhances traceability for foods on the Food Traceability List (FTL), encompassing both domestic and foreign firms along the entire farm-to-table continuum.

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