The new public-facing Food and Drug Administration database compiles adverse-event reports that consumers,
The agency uses the reports to identify harmful products that may need further investigation.
Both consumer and industry groups say the database will prove helpful to a variety of users about potential product problems.
“It’s a go-to place,” Michael Jacobson, co-founder and president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, told Bloomberg BNA Dec. 14. The group tracks food safety issues.
“If somebody, like a poison-control center, has concerns, they can go and see if there happen to be some reports,” Jacobson said.
The adverse-event reports received by the agency’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition go back as far as January 2004, according to an FDA Federal Register notice.