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Consortium Explores Solutions to Proposed Traceability Regulations

Specialty Food Association

The Food Traceability Leadership Consortium, which formed in March, has created three guidelines for its ongoing work to explore possible solutions to the FDA’s proposed traceability regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

According to the Consortium, the optimal solution to the traceability challenge in the retail food industry must have minimal cost that doesn’t impact margins or consumer prices, be easy to adopt, use, and verify in order to drive universal adoption and meet or exceed FDA proposed regulations to prepare for the future.

The FTLC is focusing on FSMA requirements for last leg of the supply chain, retailer, and wholesaler distribution to the stores, which is facing especially challenging traceability issues.

ReposiTrak, Inc., a provider of supply chain compliance and quality management technology solutions, is providing its industry knowledge and experience to deliver success.

“The FTLC and ReposiTrak worked collaboratively developing the guidelines to ensure the traceability solution endorsed will get broad buy-in from all trading partners. We have also confirmed the biggest challenges caused by the FSMA regulations, notably capturing shipment level data as product moves through the supply chain and traceability from the distribution center to the store, and are now determining the capabilities needed to address them,” said Randy Fields, chairman and CEO of ReposiTrak, in a statement. “Then we will find a solution that has those capabilities.”

Related: SFA Submits Comments to FDA Regarding Proposed Traceability Rule2020 FSMA Round Up.