In June, PMA Vice President of Supply Chain Efficiencies Ed Treacy (who serves on the GFTC board) participated in a roundtable discussion with executives from the four other GFTC sponsoring organizations and those comments were recently published on the IFT website.
As many Field to Fork readers know, PMA has been working on traceability issues in the fresh produce industry for some time – with our leadership in the Produce Traceability Initiative (sponsored by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, GS1 US, United Fresh Produce Association, and PMA) being a foundational piece of those efforts.
Last fall, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), supported by several founding sponsors and industry associations including the Food Marketing Institute, GS1 US, Seafood Industry Research Fund for the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), and PMA launched the Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) to “serve as an unbiased, knowledgeable, science-based advisor that advances insight and understanding about food traceability, and focus on addressing the very real issues and challenges of implementing improvements in food traceability while increasing transparency about food.”
In June, PMA Vice President of Supply Chain Efficiencies Ed Treacy (who serves on the GFTC board) participated in a roundtable discussion with executives from the four other GFTC sponsoring organizations and those comments were recently published on the IFT website. In it, they offer perspectives on these three questions about the GFTC:
- What does the launch of the GFTC mean for the future of food traceability?
- How much of a role does collaboration with the other founding organizations play in the success of the GFTC?
- What progress do you hope to see two or three years down the road?
If you’re interested in food traceability issues, you may want to give this piece a read as each participant offers some great insights about why their organization is involved and what they’ve experienced thus far in bringing the GFTC to life.
To learn more about our work on traceability, visit the PMA website.