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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.

Stemming from contract work with the US Food and Drug Administration (USDA), IFT has released a number of documents, presentations, and other resources relating to food traceability. The following are highlights of those available resources.

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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

August 2012

From the farm to the family dinner table, food traceability has critical implications for industry regulators and the consumer. IFT delivered final report to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (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: for regulators to resolve foodborne illness outbreaks earlier and the food industry to respond to them quicker. Download a copy of the final report here.

January 2012

The following stakeholder input sessions were part of the pilot projects required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and were hosted by IFT in Washington DC, Chicago IL and Seattle WA.
  • Seattle WA: October 3, 2011
  • Washington DC: October 5, 2011 
  • Chicago IL: November 2, 2011 

November 2011

Three Traceability Summits were hosted by IFT throughout 2011 and included representatives from many parts of the international food system, including food companies, trade associations, state and Federal government representatives, and technology providers. Participants discussed some of the key attributes of the traceability system of the future, and the key requirements and challenges related to achieving a common vision. Access highlights of the research summits here.

August 2011

IFT reports submitted to NCFPD on a two-year project that began in the fall of 2010. These reports present the IFT findings on determining the critical points throughout the food supply chain where product tracing data must be collected; appropriate data elements to collect; current capabilities of product tracing technologies; the ability of product tracing technology providers to work collaboratively to trace products; and ways to further develop product tracing systems to increase interoperability and utility.

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