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Full end-to-end traceability is now mandatory for 16 of the most vulnerable food categories, challenging the way retailers, wholesalers and suppliers create, store and retrieve nearly all shipping and receiving data.

SALT LAKE CITY – (BUSINESS WIRE) – ReposiTrak, the largest network of connected suppliers across its supply chain, food safety technology solutions and supplier management, welcomes the announcement that Food and Drug Administration finalized Traceability Rule 204 for Food Safety Modernization Act Section 204 (FSMA 204) and sent the final rule to the Federal Registry Office for publication. The news marks the beginning of a transition to technology-enabled traceability, a disruptive element for the industry that is expected to significantly improve the security of the global food supply chain. ReposiTrak has already gained significant industry support, having been named the National Grocers Association’s exclusive traceability partner for the low-cost, easy-to-adopt solution: ReposiTrak Traceability Network®.

“Traceability is not just a tactic for companies that have to comply with FSMA 204 because their products appear on the food traceability list; it’s good business practice for any future-oriented food chain operator, ”said Randy Fields, President and CEO of ReposiTrak. “The FDA has sent out a strong signal that this is just the beginning. Our solution makes you FSMA 204 compliant and prepares you for traceability for any product with no software or hardware to install, no additional work from traditional label scanning methods and is the most cost effective solution there is. All of this is what helped us gain broad industry support. ”

FSMA 204 requires companies that produce, process, package or hold foods on the Food Traceability List (FTL) to establish and maintain KDE (Key Data Element) records for specific critical monitoring events (CTE) in the journey of a product through the supply chain. When the product changes hands or changes shape, a combined data string must be transferred between trading partners to provide full end-to-end traceability. The FDA’s statements on the rule encourage “the voluntary adoption of these practices across the industry.” The FTL includes 16 of the most vulnerable fresh food categories including tomatoes, deli salads, nut butters and leafy vegetables, and the thousands of SKUs within each category.

Due to the complexity of the FSMA 204 registration requirements, traditional scanning and tagging methods and legacy technology systems will not be adequate. Labels may contain product batch code data, but generally do not include other required data elements, such as carrier information and shipping time / date, which are required for a complete KDE record. Scanning labels also requires major investments in software and hardware which would impose a significant cost burden on the supply chain. Simply put, you need a system that goes beyond labeling to reduce the labor, cost and complexity of scanning. This is where ReposiTrak excels.

ReposiTrak estimates that retailers and wholesalers will be individually responsible for millions of KDE’s traceability records per year, which poses two immediate problems. The first is the challenge of ingesting information provided in a myriad of formats from supplier lists that sometimes go up into the thousands. The second is the issue of data storage and being able to retrieve and send the information in a spreadsheet that can be ordered to the FDA within 24 hours when required. Additionally, suppliers are being asked to create, store and exchange more information than ever. The risk is that suppliers send this information in a format that their business partners will no longer be able to accept. Without the right digital solution, this will be an unlikely task. The only solution for the entire food supply chain is a technology that acts as a universal translation service, enabling the continuous exchange of data, regardless of format.

“FSMA 204 will have the impact of changing how every shipment and delivery record is handled in every grocery store, restaurant, food service company, fast-service restaurant and distribution center in the country,” he continued. Fields. “Now the focus must shift to the rapid implementation of our simple and cost-effective solution. The ReposiTrak traceability network combines the largest already connected network of more than 110,000 single supplier facilities with industry support. As of now it will allow you to successfully comply with FSMA 204 in time for the deadline.

The ReposiTrak Traceability Network was developed as a response to industry concerns raised by the Food Traceability Leadership Consortium, a group of industry trading organizations, wholesalers and retailers who aim for a low-cost, easy-to-use food traceability solution that meets and exceeds FSMA 204 requirements. For this reason, suppliers can connect to an unlimited number of business partners and start sharing data at a low, flat rate and there is no cost to resellers, features that are particularly important in the current inflationary economic environment. Additionally, a recent survey by ReposiTrak and the National Grocers Association revealed that operational concerns are the biggest obstacle to adopting traceability. Connecting to the network takes less than an hour, and ReposiTrak’s team of experts are always ready to help.

Food chain operators interested in the ReposiTrak traceability network should contact Derek Hannum ([email protected]).

About ReposiTrak

ReposiTrak, Park City Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYG), provides resellers, suppliers and wholesalers with a robust suite of solutions to reduce risk and remain compliant with regulatory requirements; strengthen operational controls; find and discover new suppliers; and increase sales with unrivaled brand protection. Consisting of four product families: food traceability, compliance and risk management, MarketPlace supply chain and supply chain solutions, the integrated applications of ReposiTrak’s cloud-based platform reinforce each other and work in synergy to create value and positive impact . For more information, visit https://repositrak.com/

Derek Hannum

For ReposiTrak sales inquiries

435-645-2230

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