PMA, through the
Produce Traceability Initiative, submitted comments to the FDA in response to their request for information on the Institute of Food Technologist's traceability pilot projects.
We believe that whole-chain traceability is an important step for our industry, and have worked hard with our member companies to develop best practices to enhance traceability in their operations. We believe that specific company decisions and choices for traceability practices, beyond the current law’s requirement to be able to track one-step-up and one-step-back, should be a company decision in the marketplace. We recognize that different companies and business trading partners may have choices as to how they ensure traceability in their supply chains. In addition, the marketplace is extremely efficient at continual development of technologies and processes to enhance business operations that could change traceability systems over time. Therefore, we do not support further mandatory traceability requirements, but stand ready to work with FDA to facilitate market-based solutions to enhance overall tracking efficiency and speed within our industry.
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