Whether you are a food manufacturer, supplier, or a trading partner in the supply chain, it’s important to understand what you need to do for FSMA compliance. The FDA does not provide detailed steps on training employees for compliance. In 2020, the FDA proposed a new rule, commonly referred to as the Food Traceability Proposed Rule. It is considered a key piece of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. The rule implements Section 204(d) of FSMA that outlines the goals to enhance traceability, respond quickly to outbreaks and food contamination, and build a stronger food safety culture. It also helps encourage end-to-end food traceability across an increasingly complex food system. This rule is creating a strong sense of urgency among the entire food community to embed more digital, tech-enabled traceability systems both in the near and long term.
On November 21, 2022, the Final Rule, titled “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods”, was published. As part of having a food safety plan or program, using GS1 Standards is one of the options outlined by the FDA to improve traceability and help meet FSMA requirements by the January 20, 2026 deadline.
Below are frequently asked questions that provide an overview of the final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Section 204(d), as well as guidance on how GS1 Standards can help your company meet the requirements.