GS1 US has published a new suite of resources to help companies address the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act Rule 204, also known as the Food Traceability Final Rule. The documents are designed to help trading partners understand how they can use GS1 Standards to meet the stringent recordkeeping requirements for “high-risk” foods.

The Food Traceability Final Rule requires companies that physically handle certain foods across the supply chain to keep and sometimes share additional records that can assist in faster recalls and tracebacks during an investigation of a foodborne illness outbreak. These requirements apply to entities that manufacture, process, pack or hold foods listed on FDA’s Food Traceability List (FTL). The rule outlines specific Key Data Elements (KDEs) of Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) that need to be recorded and shared with the FDA within 24 hours upon request through a sortable, electronic spreadsheet.

The new resources include the “Retail Grocery and Foodservice Application of GS1 System of Standards to Support FSMA 204” Guideline  (version 2.0) which was prepared by GS1 US FSMA 204 Workgroup industry members to assist the U.S. food industry with implementing GS1 Standards for traceability and specifically to help meet the requirements.

An accompanying document, “GS1 US EPCIS Recommendations for FSMA 204 Critical Tracking Events,” shows how the Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) Standard can be used to capture supply chain events and what information from those events can be used to supplement the needed data for FSMA Rule 204 CTEs and KDEs. The EPCIS Standard is designed to capture when and where supply chain objects are involved in many different processes, including when they are created and when they are transferred between trading partners and locations.

The third document, “GS1 US EDI Implementation Recommendation for FSMA 204 Critical Tracking Events,” supplements the new Guideline by providing direction for implementing the X12 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) 856 Advance Ship Notice to help meet the Shipping CTE requirements of FSMA Rule 204. It seeks to increase consistency and ease of implementation by explaining the data elements and codes and providing real-world examples. This document provides guidance on how to incorporate the additional data required by FSMA Rule 204 into existing EDI implementation.

Finally, a new e-learning course, “How to Apply GS1 Standards for FSMA 204 Requirements,” is now available. The module provides an interactive overview of FSMA Rule 204 requirements and how to utilize the GS1 System of Standards to help meet those requirements.