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RFR - Reportable Food Registry

The Reportable Food Registry (RFR or the Registry) is an electronic portal for Industry to report when there is reasonable probability that an article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences. The Registry helps the FDA better protect public health by tracking patterns and targeting inspections. The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (Pub. L.110-085), section 1005 directs the FDA to establish a Reportable Food Registry for Industry.

The RFR applies to all FDA-regulated categories of food and feed, except dietary supplements and infant formula."

It is the company's responsibility to determine if the food has a reasonable probability of causing a severe adverse health consequence or death to humans or animals (SAHCODHA). Once a SAHCODHA has been determined to exist, the company must notify the FDA using the RFR system within 24 hours of the determination. Note that the RFR uses the company's registration number generated when the company registered in compliance with the Bioterrorism Act.

FDA's Reportable Food Registry Guidance for Industry may be accessed at:

Download the following document for more information:

 RFR at a Glance (pdf)


The information contained in this website is designed to provide advice to small petfood and treat manufacturers on regulatory requirements and to assist them in the development of proper labeling for these products.

AAFCO has no statutory authority to regulate pet products.

Rather, enforcement of violations is the purview of the state feed control officials, so companies must comply with each state's requirements.  While most states follow AAFCO model regulations, exact language and interpretation may differ between states. While these documents offer guidance that are helpful in the vast majority of states, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure compliance with individual state requirements.

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AAFCO does not regulate, test, approve or certify pet foods in any way.

AAFCO establishes the nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet foods, and it is the pet food company's responsibility to formulate their products according to the appropriate AAFCO standard.

It is the state feed control official's responsibility in regulating pet food to ensure that the laws and rules established for the protection of companion animals and their custodians are complied with so that only unadulterated, correctly and uniformly labeled pet food products are distributed in the marketplace and a structure for orderly commerce.