Protocols & Standards

Protocols and StandardsBackground

Interoperability is central to a successful global food traceability system. GFTC raises the level of collaboration between food organizations that need uniform performance criteria for using technologies and applications, while minimizing the impact of traceability on the speed of commerce.

Recognizing that there is already significant progress being made by global standards organizations, the GFTC acts as a focal point for stakeholders to consider, endorse and adopt uniform traceability protocols and standards covering the entire food system. Read the latest GFTC Best Practices in Food Traceability Report on the bakery, dairy, meat and poultry, processed foods, produce and seafood industries. Check out the full report.


  • Provide a focus for objective and reliable opinion, and give the industry a forum where it can conduct dialogue and consider common performance criteria, open technical standards and protocols.
  • Raise the level of collaboration between food organizations that need standard performance criteria, technologies and applications.
  • Minimize impacts of traceability on commerce.
  • Focus the development and practical application of open traceability standards.

Expected Results

  • Partnerships between government and industry as well as research and academic institutions to communicate knowledge and help to fill gaps and concerns with public policy concerning traceability.
  • Address issues such as technical interoperability standards for use across the whole chain and assisting businesses with development of food traceability programs.
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