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What will the food industry look like under FSMA 204?

February 5, 2024 | 1 Min Read

The FSMA 204 Compliance Date is getting closer; January 2026 is just around the corner. Now is a good time to assess what your company needs to do in order to be compliant. It’s important to remember that FSMA 204 is a law, not a suggestion.

Once the deadline for complying with FDA’s Food Traceability Rule, FSMA 204, is here and the new requirements are in place, what’s next? What will life look like for the food industry?

Companies covered by this rule established by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are now laser-focused on meeting the January 20, 2026 compliance deadline. However, not all companies have welcomed the new requirements. Supporters of the rule in both the public and private sectors believe the overarching transparency that traceability provides will inspire companies to strive toward more enlightened approaches to improve food safety. Some view improved traceability as an opportunity to create operational efficiencies and reduce waste. However, others see it as just another cost of doing business in a highly competitive, generally low-margin industry.

Has your company started planning for FSMA and January 2026? If you have questions regarding food traceability or the FSMA, check out this previous article on those topics.

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