U.S – In a move to enhance transparency and compliance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced new tools and resources related to the Food Traceability Rule, aimed at informing stakeholders and aiding covered entities in meeting compliance standards.

The Food Traceability Rule, designed to expedite the identification and removal of potentially contaminated food from the market, is a pivotal component of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint.

The latest update to the Food Traceability Rule brings forth several key features aimed at enhancing understanding and implementation.

A notable addition is the introduction of a dedicated webpage focusing on Traceability Lot Codes, providing valuable insights and examples of Key Data Elements (KDEs) found in invoices and bills of lading.

Complementing this, an informative video delves into the technological components of product tracing systems.

To facilitate covered entities, illustrative examples of traceability plans have been incorporated to serve as practical guides. The update also includes a set of new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address common queries related to the Food Traceability Rule.

Furthermore, specific supply chain examples tailored to deli salads offer practical insights for entities operating in this category.

Lastly, the update provides guidance on the waiver and exemption process, assisting eligible entities in navigating these aspects effectively. Together, these features contribute to a more comprehensive and accessible framework for implementing the Food Traceability Rule.

These tools, along with existing resources available on the FDA’s traceability webpage, cover a range of topics including supply chain examples for various commodities, fact sheets, a guide to getting started with the Food Traceability Rule, translations of the codified portion of the rule, interactive tools explaining Critical Tracking Events and Key Data Elements, and information on partial and full exemptions.

It’s noteworthy that routine inspections under the Food Traceability Rule will commence in 2027, providing covered entities with additional time to collaborate and ensure the proper maintenance and sharing of traceability information within supply chains, as per the rule’s requirements.

The Food Traceability Rule, implementing Section 204(d) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), establishes traceability record-keeping requirements beyond existing regulations.

Covering domestic and foreign firms along the entire food supply chain, this rule is pivotal in advancing food safety practices and aligns with industry best practices, underscoring the FDA’s commitment to a new era of smarter food safety.

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