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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contracted with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) from 2022 to 2023 to produce a report on tech-enabled food traceability trends based on the 90 submissions from teams that participated in the FDA’s 2021 Low-or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability Challenge. Because IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) has played a central role in discussions of traceability for over a decade, the FDA determined that IFT was ideally positioned to develop this independent report analyzing recent technological hardware, software, and data-analytics developments for traceability end-users.
This report is intended to contribute to ongoing industry discussions about the role of technology in traceability and provide high-level recommendations to key stakeholders on advancing the tech-enabled traceability landscape.
This report is an important resource for industry stakeholders to advance food traceability concepts, as outlined under the FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. FDA will use the report recommendations to educate stakeholders on food traceability considerations and continue to foster important conversations among food supply chain constituents on the importance of tech-enabled traceability.DOWNLOAD THE LOW- or NO-COST TRACEABILITY REPORT (PDF)
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