ReposiTrak is welcoming thousands of food supply chain companies to its ReposiTrak Traceability Network® (RTN), the solution backed by the industry as the lowest-cost and easiest-to-adopt for compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Food Traceability Final Rule, which fulfills Section 204(d) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA 204). The ReposiTrak Traceability Network now represents nearly 8 percent of the retail grocery industry, with more than 3,000 retail stores, 1,100 suppliers, and 20 distribution centers joining the network since the rule was issued in January. Companies throughout the food supply chain are enrolling to reach compliance ahead of FDA’s January 2026 deadline.
FSMA 204 requires companies that manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods on the Food Traceability List (FTL) to establish and maintain Key Data Element (KDE) records for specific Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) in a product’s journey throughout the supply chain. As a product changes hands or form, a compounding string of data must be transferred between trading partners to provide full, end-to-end traceability. For a retailer or wholesaler, that means the potential need to add costly labor at distribution centers, commissary, or central kitchen facilities, as well as at the retail store level. For suppliers, it means traceability information must not only be collected from vendors, but also shared with customers in the format the customer requires.
The FTL currently includes the most vulnerable fresh foods categories including tomatoes, deli salads, nut butters, and leafy greens, and the thousands of SKUs within each category. FDA may eventually cover all food stuffs under the rule.
The ReposiTrak Traceability Network is scalable for the total food supply chain, without the need for new hardware, software, or labeling systems. It is built upon the largest, already-connected network of more than 110,000 individual supplier facilities, making the onboarding process faster and easier for retailers. In addition, ReposiTrak’s team of experts is prepared to have conversations with food supply chain operators to understand each company’s unique challenges and determine the best approach. Members can connect to an unlimited number of trading partners and begin sharing data for a low, flat fee.
The ReposiTrak program: https://repositrak.actonsoftware.com/acton/media/15541/rtn-resources