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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 204: Enhanced Food Traceability Rules

January 19, 2024 | 1 Min Read

FSMA Rule 204 intends to create a more transparent supply chain that ensures safer food for all Americans. As a part of the Smarter Food Safety initiative, the rule encourages companies in the food value chain to invest in digital traceability technology.

The rule requires three things: Collation of Key Data Elements (KDEs) and Critical Transformation Events (CTEs); Collation through a Traceability Lot Code (TLC) that remains unchanged with the product throughout the journey through the supply chain (or until a kill-step or relevant transformation event occurs); Delivery of necessary traceability information into an electronically sortable spreadsheet within 24 hours

Key Data Elements may vary depending on the Critical Tracking Event, and even, the product in question. In general, KDEs denote what product was involved, in which activity (for example, harvesting, shipping, receiving, transforming), where the activity took place and when it did.

If you have questions regarding food traceability or the FSMA, check out this article on those topics.

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