The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Board of Directors has approved the launch of a new food traceability center designed to protect and improve our global food supply. The Global Food Traceability Center will serve as an authoritative, scientific and unbiased source for food traceability. Currently, there is no single entity, public or private, that brings together key stakeholders in the agri-food system to collaborate on providing timely product tracing solutions.

When food-related problems occur, time is the enemy as health and lives are at stake, as well as the livelihoods of industries, companies and employees. This Center will assist companies to better trace the paths of products through the supply chain to improve food safety, mitigate risk and avoid devastating health consequences and economic impacts to the food system.

IFT has been partnering with regulatory agencies, academia and industry to conduct research, education and outreach in food science since 1999. IFT has been a visible leader in food traceability since 2008. In June 2012, IFT concluded two food product tracing pilots for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The formation of the Center is the result of three Traceability Research Summits IFT held in 2011. These summits were a part of the Traceability Improvement Initiative (TII) launched by IFT with seed funding support from BASF Chemical Company, Underwriters Laboratories and National Fisheries Institute. The industry views IFT as an unbiased visionary capable of managing conflicting viewpoints by focusing on science and not endorsing one particular solution.

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