Institute Of Food Technologists Launch Global Food Traceability Center

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Institute Of Food Technologists Launch Global Food Traceability Center

On July 14, the Institute of Food Technologists announced that it plans to launch the GFTC, or Global Food Traceability Center; the IFT will be the first organization to take initiative on the issue of researching and developing the adoption and implementation of practical traceability solutions, hoping to reduce the occurrence of food contamination and the food poisoning/deaths that result each year. Initially, the project will focus on Canada, the U.S., and the European Union. The IFT said that the GFTC would serve in the capacity of a scientific, authoritative, unbiased source for food traceability. The unit hopes to develop protocols and standards after conducting research on traceability systems currently being used both within and outside of organizations. After determining the effectiveness of current traceability solutions, GFTC can then focus on the adoption and implementation of more practical solutions by these organizations. Each year in the U.S., it is estimated that 3,000 individuals lose their lives due to contaminated foods. The cost of food poisoning is astronomical and believed to be about $14 billion; this excludes costs that directly impact manufacturers, such as litigation and the implementation of recalls. The Global Food Traceability Center already has an impressive list of founding sponsors which include the Food Marketing Institute, Mars Inc., Intertek Group, Cargill Inc., the International Association for Food Protection, GS1 US, the University of Guelph, National Fisheries Institute, Lyngsoe Systems, the Produce Marketing Association, and Wal-Mart. As leaders in industrial traceability solutions, the folks at Markem-Imaje realize how complex the global food supply chain has become, and the need for effective solutions. Manufacturers in a wide range of industries around the world count on us for innovative and reliable solutions for coding and marking, industrial printing equipment, ink supplies, and more.

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