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Looking Forward and Looking Back: How Companies Can Establish a Robust and Compliant Traceability Program

5/9/23 3:15 pm to 5/9/24 CDT
Contact: Vania Halabou

The ability to trace products and their ingredients has long been an important tool for the food industry to identify the root cause of product defects and food safety and quality failures, to limit the scope of necessary actions in the event of an issue, and to prevent recurrence of an issue. For regulators, the ability to trace products and their component materials is important in identifying the source of a food safety outbreak. Third-party standards have been established to encourage consistency in the management of traceability information throughout the supply chain. FDA's Final Traceability Rule established minimum requirements for specific foods in the food supply chain under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This session will explore the FDA regulatory requirements and their relationship to existing programs and third-party standards. It will also discuss the challenges and benefits of traceability and approaches to establishing a robust and compliant traceability program. 


Tim Jackson
Regulatory, Sr. Science Advisor
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Christopher Waldrop
Senior Health Scientist
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Mahipal Kunduru, Ph.D.
Vice President, Quality Assurance
Topco Associates LLC

Sarah Kozak-Weaver
Quality Assurance Food Scientist
Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

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