The Global Food Traceability Center is ready to open its doors.

In July, the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Food Technologists announced it had approved the creation of a traceability center to protect and improve the global food supply, and on Sept. 11 the center plans to launch it with an online press conference.

The web event is open for registration to interested parties online, according to a news release about the event.

The IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center will be the first single, not-for-profit, scientific entity focused on product tracing, according to the release. The center will aim to improve response to foodborne outbreaks, reduce the scope of recalls and promote efficient traceability practices, according to the release.

Speakers at the Sept. 11 web event, set for 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern, include:


  • Janet Collins, CFS, president of the Institute of Food Technologists;
  • Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of the grocery division, Walmart;
  • Sherri McGarry, foodborne outbreak coordinator on the emergency coordination and response staff in the Office of Compliance, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA;
  • Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of the Food Safety Program for the Center for Science in the Public Interest;
  • Artavazd Hakobyan, with the Global Food Safety Partnership at the World Bank; and
  • Wiliam Fisher, CFS, Vice President, Science & Policy Initiatives, Institute of Food Technologists.