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How does my company standardize data collection to comply with FSMA Section 204?

December 6, 2023 | 2 Min Read

The FDA Food Traceability Final Rule is a key element to the Food Modernization Safety Act (FSMA), and establishes traceability recordkeeping requirements beyond those in existing regulations for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods included on the Food Traceability List (FTL).

For your company to comply with the new FDA requirements, you will need to utilize software that allows you to accept documentation from your suppliers and partners. The devil is in the details, as the old saying goes... When it comes to standardization, what if the disparate systems from company-to-company don't talk to each other, or some decide they want to stick with paper? Will the "big dogs" dictate what smaller companies have to use in order to be a supplier or partner?

Bottom line, this is a rule – not a suggestion. There are several actions the government can take if your voluntary compliance is not forthcoming. These can include civil or criminal actions in Federal court. An imported product can be refused admission to the U.S. marketplace if the recordkeeping requirements have not been met. 

To make sure you are compliant, your company needs to make sure it is familiar with FSMA.

For additional information, please refer to this previous blog.

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