ARLINGTON, VA — September 9, 2009 — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement from Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, regarding this week’s launch by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a Reportable Food Electronic Portal and Registry.

“We commend FDA for launching version 1.0 of the Reportable Food Electronic Portal and Registry to fulfill the congressional directive to track patterns of adulteration in food. We look forward to working with FDA through the implementation process and on additional food safety measures.”

“The agency’s electronic database should work well with the industry’s Rapid Recall Exchange. This online initiative, set to be launched later this month, is designed to expedite supplier notification of food recalls to food retailers and wholesalers with more complete and accurate information.”