As an interdisciplinary institution, GFTC has deep expertise in the translation of food traceability principles and standards to practice. Services utilizing this expertise can be customized for the benefit of food companies, retailers, foodservice operations, regulatory agencies, trade associations, academia, foundations, non-profits, and solution providers
Using our expertise in regulatory compliance, food operations, and information technology, GFTC offers consulting services tailored to fit your needs.
Below, you’ll find examples of services we have provided in the past. If you have a need that is not on the list, reach out and we can work together to find a solution.
To learn more about the services below or to discuss a need your company has, contact us at: [email protected]
Traceability Solutions Evaluations
GFTC offers evaluations of interoperable, end-to-end traceability systems. We can review and make recommendations on standards setting, data sharing protocols, and training. GFTC also gives impartial advice on navigating new and emerging solutions like blockchain, IoT, and AI Analytics.
Piloting End-to-End Traceability
In 2010, GFTC completed a groundbreaking project with the USFDA that spurred an innovative methodology for evaluating end-to-end traceability. The GFTC continues to use this methodology in the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability to solve critical gps and challenges in implementing end-to-end traceability. GFTC offers this expertise to companies as a consultant for custom pilot projects. We have also made the information from the FDA pilot projects available to the public for reference.
GFTC serves as an incubator for new ideas and technologies that will encourage interoperable traceability systems and solutions. The GFTC hosts hackathons that gather technical industry experts for hands-on opportunities to experiment and solve challenges. Participants develop and share useful tools and test these ideas to assess their capabilities.
Standards and Protocols
GFTC convenes food industry stakeholders to foster pre-competitive standards-setting at the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability. It is essential that data systems be able to communicate with each other in order to achieve end-to-end traceability, and GFTC is committed to fostering an exchange of knowledge to develop best practices, generate scorecards to measure traceability success, and provide management of traceability technology.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states and Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is providing flexibility for when states may begin conducting routine inspections of small farms, other than sprouts operations, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.