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What is traceability, and why is it important in the Food Industry?

December 19, 2023 | 1 Min Read

Traceability lets you, your suppliers, your customers, and the FDA clearly see how food product flows within the food processing industry. This capability is critical to ensuring a safe food supply for the public.

Traceability allows your company to track the flow of food ingredients and products throughout your entire supply chain. Traceability can either be upstream, describing the movement of materials from the manufacturer to the supplier, or downstream, describing the movements of products and steps from the manufacturer to the customer. Traceability systems must contain full information about the product your company produces, such as supplier, manufacturer, product, preparation, and delivery information.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) goes into effect January 2026. FSMA 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 news update.

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