Role in the Task Force initiative:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is responsible for ensuring the safety of the food supply in the U.S., both domestic and imported. When it comes to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, the FDA’s primary contributions center around food safety, science and collaboration. The FDA works to ensure that seafood and all other food in the U.S. is safe, wholesome and properly labeled. The FDA provides regulations, guidance to industry, consultations, Constituent Updates and other forms of communication that promote food safety. Some of the key programs relevant to the NOC Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud include: Seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
. The Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance
helps assist industry to comply with HACCP regulations (found in 21CFR123). The Hazards Guide outlines procedures to assist the seafood industry on how to identify, then properly control, hazards to health while processing seafood (process-related hazards). The Hazards Guide also outlines what potential contaminants may pose a threat to consumers based on the individual species (species-related hazard), and provides potential preventive controls to lessen any identified potential hazard.
Seafood List -
The FDA also publishes the Seafood List, a guide to acceptable names for seafood sold in interstate commerce, and develops new testing methodologies to help combat seafood fraud, such as the newly developed DNA testing protocols.
The FDA regularly collaborates with federal and state agencies on seafood issues. FDA experts train federal and state agency officials and industry members in inspection techniques and regulations.