Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) was directed to establish at least two pilot programs to relating to product traceability – one for the fresh produce industry and the other for the processed food industry.  FDA announced today that it has contracted with the non-profit group the Institute of Food Technologists (“IFT”) to carry out the required pilot projects.  The purpose of the pilots is to “evaluate methods technologies for rapid and effective tracing of foods” with the ultimate goal of providing FDA with the information it needs to draft its regulations regarding recordkeeping for high risk foods (as mandated in FSMA).  We will continue to monitor these pilot projects and FDA’s implementation of FSMA and provide updates.

For more information on these pilot projects, please see FDA’s press release.