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

Assessing the Value and Role of Seafood Traceability from an Entire Value-Chain Perspective
During 2014, the Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) conducted extensive research on the value of seafood traceability. The project team investigated the utility of traceability to reduce waste, enhance consumer trust, and increase business efficiencies along the entire value chain from catch to the consumer. One of the primary findings of this work is that the lack of standardized requirements and regulations around the world is driving up compliance costs of seafood companies, inhibiting the adoption of inter-operable systems, and opening gaps in information that create opportunities for exploitation. Learn more about additional findings by downloading the executive summary of the report, “Assessing the Value and Role of Seafood Traceability from an Entire Value-Chain Perspective.”

Best Practices in Food Traceability for the Processed Food Sector On-demand Webcast
Synthesizing the learnings from the report, A Guidance Document on the Best Practices in Food Traceability, two traceability experts demonstrate how to create a comprehensive traceability plan for the processed food sector. The webcast shows you what Key Data Elements (KDEs) need to be collected at which Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) to ensure effective food traceability. Access it on-demand.

IFT15 Pre-event Short Course: Profiting from Traceability
July 11, 2015   ▪   Chicago, IL 
This highly-interactive course features an in-depth look at how you can gain a competitive advantage and improve your bottom line by enhancing your existing traceability system. This comprehensive course will also provide examples and case studies on traceability best practices specific to processing facilities. Instructors will examine how food processing facilities are recognizing efficiencies and gaining market share by enhancing their traceability systems. Registration is open.

For additional information, please contact us at traceability@ift.org.