“One processor reported that enhanced traceability improved record-keeping, provided better lot and material usage control, yielded a keener understanding of what goes into every product, created better labeling consistency and led to a more efficient flow of work between business groups, increasing the speed from materials to finished product. Traceability increased ROI.”
The traceability guidelines were written with Washington in mind. When Congress passed the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years (FSMA), it tasked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create regulations. The FDA, in turn, has asked food industries for input.
“With Congress and the FDA putting so much attention on food safety in general and traceability in particular, it’s just smart business to get in front of this issue now,” said Carey.
To learn more, visit the Innovation Center’s traceability best practices page at usdairy.com. You can also contact Vikki Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-469-1522.