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The Global Food Traceability Center Enables Safe, Efficient, and Responsible Business

The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) conducts applied research; develops resources, tools, and training; and offers customizable services to help industry, regulators, and NGOs implement end-to-end, event-based, interoperable traceability to solve challenges and opportunities across the supply chain.

With the release of the rule on Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods (Food Traceability Rule), you may have questions about how to ensure your business and traceability system stand ready to meet the requirements. GFTC has expert resources to help you understand what you need to know and how to respond.

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Your primer to the FDA’s Final Food Traceability Rule

Download our free introductory guide, developed by experts at IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center who helped inform the creation of FSMA 204.

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What is Traceability?

Traceability is the ability to track a product through its supply chain including its creation, transformation(s), depletion, and locations.

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Why Traceability?

Traceability has many use cases including food safety, fraud prevention, supply chain management efficiency, ESG initiatives.

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How to Implement

Make your own traceability plan, get sector specific guidance, and more with GFTC’s tools, training, and customized services

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Resources and Research

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Research and Resources

Access GFTC’s most recent research and publications. Learn key takeaways and best practices assembled from IFT’s numerous traceability pilots in supply chains ranging from leafy greens to seafood. Discover how the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) developed the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) standard for seafood and the latest in its implementation.

Tools and Training

Build your traceability knowledge with GFTC’s online courses and on-demand webcasts. Empower your business to tap into the many benefits of traceability with tools like GFTC’s calculator for understanding the ROI of implementation.

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GFTC Services

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Does your organization need specific support? GFTC offers customizable offerings to enhance the traceability capacity of businesses, regulators, and NGOs. Whether you need to design a traceability system for your business, extend a standard and develop communication protocols for a sector, or educate a group with a workshop, training, or other speaking event; GFTC helps a wide range of clients advance in their traceability journeys.

About GFTC

Founded in 2013, GFTC’s staff work with partners around the globe to advance the science and practice of food traceability for a safer, more sustainable food system for all. Learn more about our mission, values, staff, and partners here.



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