Global Food Traceability Center

From farm to factory to fork, food production and distribution systems are becoming progressively complex, interdependent and globalized. Business, regulators, and consumers are increasingly looking to food traceability as a tool to address a range of food-related challenges.

Launched in 2013, the Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) is a collaborative partnership including public and private stakeholders, created to address the challenges and opportunities of global food traceability implementation.

Recent Activity

Seafood Traceability Financial Tool and Webcast
The GFTC has just released a new tool that can help seafood organizations quickly calculate the ROI for their traceability investments. Build your own case for traceability ROI at your company by accessing the ROI calculator now at and watch an on-demand repeat of our live webcast for a step-by-step demonstration on how to use this practical tool.

GFTC Comments on Obama’s Task Force and Seafood Traceability Issues Brief
The GFTC recently submitted written and oral comments to the Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOAA-NMFS-0214-0090). Comments focus on the need for commercial transparency in the seafood supply chain. The full GFTC commentary to President Obama’s task force, along with the Issues Brief about seafood traceability, is now available for viewing. Download both reports.

Traceability Regulations Report
The GFTC new report on the Comparison of Global Food Traceability Regulations and Requirements evaluates and compares the traceability regulations of 21 Organizations for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) countries. Examine the note-worthy findings of this report including the high ranking of European Union countries for global food traceability regulations and requirements. Check out the full report.

Best Practices in Food Traceability Report
The GFTC has issued a guidance document on the best practices in food traceability. This document provides a comprehensive framework for six food industry sectors—bakery, dairy, meat and poultry, processed foods, produce and seafood—and summarizes the similarities and differences among them regarding traceability. Check out the full report.


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