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Association of Food and Drug Officials


July 14, 2010

Contact: Joe Corby, Executive Director, 518-860-2838

AFDO & IFT Adopt Resolution to Support Product Tracing in Food Systems

York, Pa - - The Institute of Food Technologists is pleased that the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Board of Directors adopted a Resolution in support of the IFT Report “Traceability (Product Tracing) in Food Systems” at their June 2010 Annual Educational Conference.

In September 2008 IFT was charged with reviewing technical and economic aspects of food product tracing under contract with the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition of the Food and Drug Administration. A state traceback investigator and AFDO member was part of the core expert panel who developed the recommendations to improve the speed and accuracy of product tracing throughout the food system

In their resolution, AFDO stated that they “believe that the recommendations in this report provide the necessary data elements, formats, and controls for establishing an effective food product tracing system that could be globally accepted” and go on to say “AFDO advises FDA of our support of the IFT report and the food product tracing recommendations, and ask(s) FDA to consider supporting the recommendations as well and to work with AFDO to identify any measures that could help advance these recommendations so they can be implemented into a national regulatory structure.”

As food safety legislation moves through the Congress, and FDA begins to implement measures pertaining to product tracing, IFT will continue to use the report as the basis for product tracing recommendations, and is pleased that AFDO has lent their support to the recommendations as well.

An array of resources, including webcasts and the reports, are freely available at

About IFT The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) exists to advance the science of food. Our long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply contributing to healthier people everywhere. Founded in 1939, IFT is a nonprofit scientific society with individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT champions the use of sound science across the food value chain through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy, encouraging the exchange of information, providing educational opportunities, and furthering the advancement of the profession.

About AFDO The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), established in 1896, successfully fosters uniformity in the adoption and enforcement of science-based food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules and regulations by either drafting regulatory rules or by commenting on government proposals. By developing a broad base of support for new approaches, AFDO has become a recognized voice in determining the rules and shape of the regulatory playing field of the future. The consensus that AFDO develops is key to advancing uniform laws, regulations, and guidelines that result in more efficient regulation and less confusion among industry in the marketplace. AFDO develops support for its positions by interfacing with high-level regulatory officials, industry representatives, trade associations, and consumer organizations. This continues to have a significant impact on regulations at the federal, state and local level. More information about AFDO can be found on its website at Inquiries about AFDO can be directed to AFDO's Executive Director Joseph Corby. 

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