Creating a Product Tracing Plan A Three-part Education Series

An effective product tracing system can help save lives and protect companies from financial ruin. Developing one, particularly without a complete understanding of the requirements and the critical factors that should be taken into account, can be a complex and time-consuming process.

To help companies overcome these challenges, GS1 US and IFT have built a three-part program designed to provide food safety and supply chain professionals with the knowledge they need to develop traceability programs for their own organizations. This series consists of two webcasts and a face-to-face workshop.

Three ways to register:

Online for June 1, 2011
Orlando, FL
Online for June 15, 2011
New Orleans, LA
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  • Webcast 1: Understanding Critical Tracking Events and Key Data Elements - On-Demand
  • Webcast 2: Understanding How GS1 Standards Allow Information to be Identified, Captured, and Shared - On-Demand

These webcasts will provide you with a foundational understanding of CTEs and key data elements (KDEs), as well as the skills needed to identify proposed CTEs and KDEs using GS1 standard nomenclature. This knowledge will help you prepare sketches of your supply chain prior to the workshop. Please note that the webcasts are prerequisites for the workshop.


  • Option 1 Agenda: June 1, Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida
  • Option 2 Agenda: June 15, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana

Two identical workshops will be offered. Choose the date and location most convenient for you: June 1 in Orlando, Florida, or June 15 in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the workshop, you'll be provided with resources and tools to refine your CTEs, specify the types of data to be collected at each CTE, and understand which GS1 standards can be used to identify these data elements.

As a participant in the workshop, you'll receive a step-by-step methodology for implementing a product tracing plan within your company. You'll also be equipped with the tools needed to convince your supply chain partners to make the same commitment to this system. And, you'll have an opportunity to interact with food safety and supply chain colleagues to discuss specific challenges and identify potential solutions. The webcasts, which will be available live on the scheduled dates and on-demand later, are both prerequisites for the workshop. Please note that you'll be asked to complete 1-2 hours of preparatory work, prior to attending the workshop, which you will receive approximately three weeks before the workshop.

Registration & Fees:
Your registration includes both webcasts and your choice of workshop date/location.

After February 1, 2011
IFT and GS1 Members: $415 | Non-Members: $515

Interested in Traceability?

New White Paper Available

Download the new paper, Product Tracing in Food Systems: Developing a Product Tracing Plan Using Critical Tracking Events and Key Data Elements, which expands upon CTE and KDE concepts to guide food industry members as they improve their product tracing systems.

Download Whitepaper (PDF)