With foodborne illnesses affecting 48 million people every year, food safety is of paramount importance to consumers and companies in the food industry — whether that be a farm, fishery, ranch, food manufacturer, processor, distributor, logistics provider, retailer or restaurant.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Barack Obama on Jan. 4, 2011, has become the primary driver for improved traceability in the food industry, and touches all sectors of the industry. By focusing on the importance of unique identification of products and the sharing of key data, supply-chain partners can begin to establish a foundation for traceability to meet the anticipated FSMA requirements.
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