Resource Library

Effective traceability helps improve the efficiency, reliability and response time following a food safety related event, and thereby strengthens the protection of the public health and maintains consumer confidence. Traceability is continuing to become a requirement for product brand equity and international trade access and has demonstrated commercial benefits in other business sectors.

IFT has released a number of documents, presentations, and other resources relating to food traceability. The following are highlights of those available resources.


GFTC Tools

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles & Reports

Issues Briefs & Articles

GFTC Comments to Regulatory Agencies

Newsletters (PDFs)

Presentations (PDFs)

Commodity Specific Traceability

Importance of Traceability

Food Traceability Challenges

Best Practices

GFTC Informational / Project Updates

Traceability and Food Safety

Other Presentations

Webcasts (complimentary)

Traceability Guidance Documents

PDF unless otherwise noted.

Traceability Pilots

In March 2013, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) announced the public release of their report for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused on the outcomes of two pilot projects designed to test and study various product tracing practices for fresh produce and processed foods.