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

IFT Global Food Traceability Center Awarded $1.3 Million Grant to Design Seafood Traceability Architecture
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its ongoing efforts aimed at improving traceability in the worldwide food system, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) today announced that it has received a $1.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The new grant will support efforts to design a common technology architecture for seafood traceability and related communications, education, and training efforts.

“This grant will spark new GFTC research to create a new technology architecture – a blueprint – so that individual organizations can seamlessly share data from multiple sources throughout the international food system,” said William Fisher, Executive Director GFTC and IFT Vice President of Science and Policy Initiatives.  “There is at present no mechanism in place to develop what our food industry stakeholders tell us is an important missing piece for effective food traceability. The grant will also help us to communicate the value of this blueprint to all stakeholders.” Fisher added that ultimately, this will accelerate an international strategy needed to implement reliable, interoperable global seafood traceability. For more, click here.

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.

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

Assessing the Value & Role of Seafood Traceability

Download this free report which outlines the impact of traceability on improving seafood industry business performance.

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Seafood Consumer Preferences Tool

Download this free tool to learn more about how various traceability-related factors affect consumer preference.

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