FDA Section 204 Food Traceability List

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Section 204 (Nov 2022) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires the FDA to designate foods requiring additional recordkeeping requirements to protect public health.

National food supply disruption can be the result of weather, human error (accidents), or deliberate undermining of either the integrity of the product or a ransomware attack at any link in the supply chain.

Early identification of contaminated food will mitigate the impact it has on a community, consumers, even government contracted consumption (ie education, hospital, military).


The food growing industry has established safety nets and educational forums, such as ProduceSupply.org Cyber Security Council. Chairman of ProduceSupply.org is Johnny McGuire, director of information technology at The Nunes Co., a Salinas, Calif.-based vegetable grower. He explains the process in this “Tip of the Iceberg” podcast episode

“We're trying to get as many grower-shippers, suppliers in the produce industry engaged as we can because of the disastrous ramifications of these attacks and the fact that our membership is so greatly impacted,” said McGuire “We felt we needed kind of a call to action and to do what we could to stop the bleeding here, so to speak.”


Section 204 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires the FDA to designate foods for which additional recordkeeping requirements are appropriate and necessary to protect public health. Additional recordkeeping requirements are outlined in the Food Traceability Final Rule and are intended to allow for faster identification and rapid removal of potentially contaminated food from the market, resulting in fewer foodborne illnesses and/or deaths.

Those foods on the Food Traceability List | FDA as detailed in Section 204 



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