The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its 5th Annual Reportable Food Registry (RFR) report. The RFR is a tool that provides early warning about potential public health risks from reportable foods and helps the FDA--and its state- and local-level partners--and industry move quickly to remove contaminated foods from the marketplace.
Information gathered in the RFR--along with other data--is used by the FDA to identify potential dangers that need to be addressed by public health initiatives. These initiatives usually revolve around planning and prioritization of inspections, developing guidance, generating sampling assignments, issuing import alerts, and other activities.
The report was published on May 24, 2016.