lspedia food pilot

Explore and define a critical path toward FSMA compliance

LSPedia is assembling a working group to conduct a Food Traceability Pilot in accordance with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements. 

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What is FSMA?

Listen to LSPedia’s CEO, Riya Cao discuss the importance of being compliant with FSMA.

LSPedia is launching a pilot program to explore and define a critical path toward compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The regulation was signed into law in 2011 with a compliance deadline for the industry of January 20, 2026. While the requirements of the legislation are clear, the path is anything but as data interoperability and technology standards remain works-in-progress as well as roles and responsibilities of participants at every tier in the global food supply chain.

Food Pilot program

This program will bring together a working group to discuss and arrive at a set of system-agnostic, actionable findings on how to design, or modify best practices from adjacent industries, solutions to the complex challenges of FSMA compliance to ensure the uninterrupted flow of product to end users in a secure, expedient and compliant manner.

Pilot Design

This pilot will provide agnostic solutions for the entire supply chain, as well as targeted processes and procedures for different business types. It will cover a range of issues with interoperability, data exchanges and logistics.

The group will compile a comprehensive list of issues and opportunities and design methods to resolve them. From there, it will develop metrics to evaluate each method, reach consensus on how they should be applied, and recommend best practices.

Pilot Benefits

  • Voice your business’ concerns with FSMA traceability requirements
  • Gain unique insights into applicable technologies and methodologies
  • Explore FSMA compliance and serialization alongside top track-and-trace experts
  • Participate in discussions on how to solve key data problems
  • Exchange ideas and network with colleagues across the industry
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Participant Meetings

Qualified participants are producers, packagers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

The pilot group will convene in Q3 2024, following which pilot members will meet once a month to discuss objectives, goals, process, technology, trading partner collaboration, standards, and implementations for FSMA compliance.

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LSPedia Pilot Background

The Food Safety Modernization Act is a comprehensive overhaul of the United States food safety regulatory framework that aims to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply by shifting the focus from responding to contamination, to preventing it. The FSMA has seven major regulations, including: Produce Safety Rule, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs, and preventive controls for animal food.

Produce Safety Rule

Establishes science-based minimum standards for safe production and harvesting of fresh fruits and vegetables

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Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

Requires that importers perform certain risk-based activities to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards

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Preventive Controls for Animal Food

The FSMA also includes the following major elements: Inspection and compliance, Imported food safety, Response, and Enhanced partnerships. The FSMA applies to the owner, operator, or agent in charge of a domestic or foreign food facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds regulated foods for consumption in the United States.

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The FSMA also includes the following major elements

Inspection and compliance, Imported food safety, Response, and Enhanced partnerships. The FSMA applies to the owner, operator, or agent in charge of a domestic or foreign food facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds regulated foods for consumption in the United States.

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Current Status of FSMA 204

FSMA Section 204

Mandates additional record-keeping requirements for foods on FDA’s FTL

Food Traceability List (FTL)

Includes specific food items to which FSMA Section 204 applies.

Critical Tracking Events (CTE)

Represents significant activities in the food supply chain.

Key Data Elements (KDE)

Standardized data based on CTE to facilitate traceability.

Traceability Lot Code (TLC)

Unique identifier provided by each lot for tracking the food item.

Domestic Stakeholders

The food supply chain is complex, sophisticated and global. The FSMA is making an effort to simplify its domestic stakeholder in 4 main categories. It is important to keep in mind that those categories are very broad and that there are exceptions in each of those categories.

Critical Tracking Events (CTE)


Key Data Elements (KDE)

Farm Location
Shipment Documents

Critical Tracking Events (CTE)


Key Data Elements (KDE)

Bill of Lading
Production Logs
Purchasing Orders

Critical Tracking Events (CTE)


Key Data Elements (KDE)

Purchase Orders
Shipment Details

Critical Tracking Events (CTE)


Key Data Elements (KDE)

Bill of Lading

Who's Responsible for What?

Further detail on what each participant in the supply chain is responsible for follows. The FDA is maintaining an up-to-date list of which specific products are required to be tracked.

Grower KDEs
Shipping KDEs
On-Farm Cooler
Receiving KDEs
Shipping KDEs
On-Farm Packer
Receiving KDEs
Shipping KDEs
Produce Processor
1st Receiving KDEs
Receiving KDEs
Transformation KDEs
Shipping KDEs
Receiving KDEs
Shipping KDEs
Receiving KDEs
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