The Institute of Food Technologists has established the Global Food Traceability Center designed to protect and improve the global food supply.
“We will create a focal point where industry, academic institutions, government, foundations and consumer groups can discuss, collaborate, conduct research, adopt best practices and implement practical and actionable traceability solutions for the food system,” said Barbara Byrd Keenan, I.F.T. executive vice-president.
This Traceability Center will assist companies to better trace the paths of products from field to fork to improve food safety, reduce risk, prevent outbreaks and economic damages to the food supply chain.
The formation of the center is the result of three traceability research summits the I.F.T. held in 2011. The summits were a part of the Traceability Improvement Initiative (T.I.I.) launched by the I.F.T. with seed funding support from BASF Chemical Co., Underwriters Laboratories, and the National Fisheries Institute.
Founding sponsors for the Global Food Traceability Center include Cargill, the Food Marketing Institute, GS1 US, International Association for Food Protection, Intertek Group, Lyngsoe Systems, Mars Inc., National Fisheries Institute, Produce Marketing Association, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and the University of Guelph.
To learn more about the Global Food Traceability Center, visit its web site at www.globalfoodtraceability.org.