Light weekend reading: FDA releases Reportable Food Registry report

Want to see what’s been going on with U.S. food safety? Check out the 3rd Annual Reportable Food Registry, which was released yesterday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The report, which covers from Sept. 8, 2011 to Sept. 7, 2012, sums up reports regarding food and feed safety made to the Registry. In all, 224 primary reports were submitted that dealt with food and animal food issues from domestic and foreign groups.

Under U.S. law, a report must be submitted to the Registry if there is a “reasonable probability” the consumption or exposure to a food item will have negative effects on humans or animals (read more on the Registry here).

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Reports of undeclared major food allergens increased 23 percent, from 69 reports to 85 reports, since last year’s Registry report. Of those, baked goods and confections were the most reported. Milk was the allergen most commonly reported in the most recent report.
  • Only 46 of the 224 primary reports were from imported foods, with 21 different countries represented.
  • Reports of Listeria monocytogenes, a pathogen that can cause severe illness, jumped 45 percent from the first year of the report, from 33 to 48 in the most recent report.
  • Reports involving Salmonella dropped from 86 last year to 63 this year, with most reports associated with produce.

The Registry report also highlights FDA initiatives and guidance documents. Check out the full report here.

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