The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the guidance document for the food facility registration product categories. This updated guidance aims to enhance the FDA’s capability in responding to food-related emergencies.
The updates include the following:
- Acidified foods and low acid canned foods are no longer listed as food product categories because they are now activity types
- Additions to animal food categories of botanicals and herbs, direct fed microbials, animal protein products, forage products, human food by-products not otherwise listed and technical additives (The “animal protein products” category replaces the previous “animal derived products” category, and the “processed animal waste products” category replaces the “recycled animal waste products” category.)
- Molluscan shellfish is now a food product category (previously, molluscan shellfish establishment was listed among the optional activity types)
The updated guidance is released on September 26, 2016.