FDA Says New System Helped Identify Over 100 Food Safety Problems in First 7 Months

According to an agency spokesperson, a review team meets each work day to discuss all submissions. Yesterday the agency highlighted two actions that were prompted by the Registry:

-In February 2010, a recall of hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), was initiated without any reports of illness. More than 1,000 industry reports specifically for products containing HVP, resulted in the removal of 177 products from commerce.

-In November 2009, a recall of products containing sulfites, without proper labeling, was initiated without any reports of illness after more than 100 reports regarding the ingredient.

According to FDA, for 125 primary reports, Salmonella accounted for 37 percent of hazards, undeclared allergens or intolerances accounted for 35 percent, and Listeria monocytogenes accounted for 13 percent.  Among the 11 different commodity categories involved were: 14 animal feed or pet food, 12 seafood, 11 spices and seasonings, and 10 dairy products.

Taylor was quick to note yesterday, however, that the results shouldn’t be taken as representative of all contamination incidents in the food supply, though eventually the agency hopes to use the data for identifying trends and target resources.

“Industry is increasingly detecting contamination incidents through its own testing, and FDA access to this information permits us to better target our inspection resources and verify that appropriate corrective measures have been taken,” Taylor said.

Courtesy: Food Safety News