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The guide was developed jointly by GS1 US, the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, and the International Dairy Foods Association. It applies to all types of dairy, deli and bakery products, and includes detailed instructions on product identification, use of batch/lots numbers, barcodes, and other traceability standards. A step-by-step recall guide is also included.
The Institute of Food Technologists officially launched its new Global Food Traceability Center with a press conference on September 11 that featured representatives from four of the main stakeholder groups that will be involved in the center: Government, industry, consumers, and the international sphere. “Our vision is to become the global resource and authoritative voice on food tracing,” says William Fisher, IFT vice president of science and policy initiatives.
Online Exclusives: Is Europe Outpacing the U.S. in Traceability?
For more than a decade, European authorities and producers have been held to higher standards for food quality than any other region worldwide, and the results have matched the regulation: Europe has one of the lowest levels of food contamination in the world.
The Produce Traceability Initiative is spearheading efforts toward whole chain traceability by incorporating technology and common standards
Most major food industry organizations are supporting recommendations for food traceability made in 'Pilot Projects for Improving Tracing Along the Food Supply System—Final Report' that covers two food tracing projects sponsored by the FDA