CAST and IFT to release a new paper on food traceability in Washington, D.C., on September 28

The Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST), in a joint effort with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), is releasing a new Issue Paper on food traceability, “Food Traceability: Current Status and Future Opportunities.” Three in-person presentations on the topic will be held on Thursday, September 28, in Washington, D.C. Publication Task Force Chair Dr. Robert Gravani, Professor Emeritus, Food Science at Cornell University, will be presenting, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Washington, DC

Rollout Locations
9:30-10:30 a.m. – APLU – 1220 L St NW, Ste 1000

12:00-1:00 pm -Lunch & Learn – Capital Visitor Ctr

2:00-3:00 p.m.- APLU – 1220 L St NW, Ste 1000


Dr. Robert Gravani, Professor Emeritus of Food Science at Cornell University, Publication Task Force Chair

Presentation Objectives:

Investigate and discuss the development and use of various technologies to enable the traceability of food products and thus enhance food safety, source transparency, and consumer confidence.
Deep dive into the technological infrastructure underlying food traceability platforms and discuss the history of such platforms, the current state of the technology, ongoing U.S. food traceability regulatory initiatives, and the likelihood of commercial-scale deployment.
Address current infrastructure limitations that may slow technology implementation.

Copies of the publication will be available at each session and on the CAST website following the presentations at Following this in-person rollout of the publication, CAST and IFT will be hosting a webinar presentation at a later date.

Use the RSVP button below to select the presentation session you wish to attend.


About Food Traceability 

Food traceability is the tracking and tracing of food from production to retail. It has many benefits, including optimizing the supply chain, promoting sustainability, and improving food safety. With an effective traceability system, corrective actions can be taken quickly, preventing contaminated products from reaching consumers. Food traceability technology is advancing, and credible systems are becoming a reality in the US. 

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