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.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles & Reports
- Executive Summary: Assessing the Value and Role of Seafood Traceability from an Entire Value-Chain Perspective (PDF), 2015
- Full Report: Assessing the Value and Role of Seafood Traceability from an Entire Value-Chain Perspective (PDF), 2015
GFTC conducted an extensive research and technology development project into the use and 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.
- Comparison of Global Food Traceability
Regulations and Requirements
The food traceability regulations of 21 Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
countries were examined with attention to whether these regulations are comprehensive for all food commodities and
- Making Traceability Work Across the Entire Food Supply Chain (PDF)
Journal of Food Science Supplement: Presesnts information on the feasibility and adaptability of a multi-disciplinary and cross-functional approach to food traceability that generates both commercial value and a safeguard to public health.
- IFT: Pilot Projects for Improving Product Tracing along the Food Supply System Final Report (PDF), 2012
Final report to the FDA focusing on the outcomes of two pilot projects designed to test and study various product tracing practices for fresh produce and processed foods. This report on the pilots, which were required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), offers recommendations to the FDA on how to improve traceability in a way that benefits all stakeholders.
- Traceability (Product Tracing) in Food Systems: An IFT Report Submitted to the FDA, Volume 1: Technical Aspects and Recommendations (PDF), 2010
- Traceability (Product Tracing) in Food Systems: An IFT Report Submitted to the FDA, Volume 2: Cost Considerations and Implications (PDF), 2010
Issues Briefs & Articles
GFTC Comments to Regulatory Agencies
Commodity Specific Traceability
Importance of Traceability
Food Traceability Challenges
GFTC Informational / Project Updates
Traceability and Food Safety
Traceability Guidance Documents
PDF unless otherwise noted.
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.