The events of Sept. 11, 2001, reinforced the need to enhance the security of the United States. Congress responded by passing the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act), which President Bush signed into law June 12, 2002.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for carrying out certain provisions of this act. In December 2004, the FDA issued final regulations on the establishment and maintenance of records to protect the U.S. human food and animal feed supply in the event of credible threats of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.
Basically, this final regulation implements section 306 of the Bioterrorism Act, which requires a thorough record keeping process. These records identify the immediate previous source of all food received, as well as, the immediate subsequent recipient of all food released. In order to comply with these lot tracking regulations, Newtown Farm Service has implemented a 500# minimum order for custom feed batches.