The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled three meetings on its new reportable food registry.

The meetings should provide industry leaders the opportunity to clarify some of the gray areas in the registry requirements, said Kathy Means, vice president of government relations and public relations for the Produce Marketing Association, Newark, Del.

“We want to make sure the FDA is looking at this the same way we are,” Means said. “We want to make sure we are all on the same page.”
The FDA announced the meetings in the June 26 Federal Register about the reportable food registry, which was created by the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007.

The registry requires processors and other companies to file a online report “when there is reason to believe that an adulterated food/feed (other than infant formula and dietary supplements) will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals,” according to a FDA news release.

The online portal should open Sept. 8.

The FDA said the public meetings will help define the responsibilities of companies required to submit a report through the electronic portal. In addition, the FDA said the role of federal, state and local public officials will be discussed at the workshops.

Dates and locations are:

  • July 23: 9 a.m. to noon at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, College Park, Md.

  • Aug. 5: 9 a.m. to noon at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

  • Aug. 25: 9 a.m. to noon at the at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building, Oakland, Calif.
To register for the meetings, go to