FSMA Rule 204 Information Hub

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FSMA Rule 204 is finalized and will be enforced January 20, 2026. Are you prepared?

iFoodDS has been actively participating in the conversation around FSMA Rule 204. As members of GS1, we’ve been involved in ongoing traceability working groups and have had many discussions with industry leaders on the best path forward after Rule 204 finalization.

This informational hub is designed to be an educational resource for the full supply chain as the food industry navigates FSMA Rule 204. Learn what you need to do to comply and how you can collaborate with your supply chain partners to get the right data.

We’ll be updating this page regularly with new content and updated information if/when the FDA makes further updates to Rule 204.

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5 Things Grocery Retailers and Distributors May Not Know about FSMA Rule 204

Learn about nuanced parts of FSMA Rule 204 that impact grocery retailers and independent distributors.
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A Guide to Collecting Key Data Elements as a Grocery Retailer, Foodservice Operator, or Distributor

We've put together a guide on Rule 204 for retailers, foodservice operators, and distributors. Learn how to collect your KDEs without disrupting your operations.

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How Processors Can Collect KDEs Efficiently

Learn about the transformation Critical Tracking Event (CTE) and how processors can collect their KDEs in the complex processing environment. It's critical to get the right information from your suppliers.
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How Growers and Packer-Shippers Can Collect KDEs and Comply with FSMA Rule 204

Learn how you can comply with FSMA Rule 204 as a farm or packer-shipper. We've put together a brief guide on collecting the required KDEs.
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Are You Prepared for FSMA Rule 204? Here’s What You Need to Know

What are you doing to prepare for Rule 204? Have you thought about leveraging traceability for a competitive advantage? Learn more about Rule 204 and why you should start thinking beyond compliance.
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3 Ways End-to-End Traceability Benefits Grocery Retailers

Now that Rule 204 is finalized, how will your grocery brand stand out in the marketplace? Could you leverage your traceability program for a competitive advantage? Here are 3 key benefits of end-to-end traceability.
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5 Traceability Challenges Retailers and Foodservice Operators Must Overcome

FSMA Rule 204 has raised many concerns for grocery retailers, independent distributors, and foodservice operators. Here are 5 traceability challenges.
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4 Misconceptions About Traceability Technology

Is traceability technology a burdensome cost of compliance, or can it provide a return on investment? We’d like to present the 4 most common misconceptions we hear about traceability technology and show how it can benefit your business.

Are Your Suppliers Sending You the Information You Need to Comply with FSMA Rule 204?

Our survey found gaps in the information DCs are receiving from suppliers. Here's how to ensure sure you're getting everything you need.

iFoodDS’ Perspective on the Final Version of FSMA Rule 204

See how the final Rule will impact grocery retail and foodservice businesses and what you can do to start preparing for enforcement.

Infographics and eBooks

Capturing FSMA Rule 204 KDEs

October 24, 2022

You’ll need the right information from your suppliers to record your Key Data Elements (KDEs). This infographic shows you ways to get that information so you can comply with Rule 204.

FSMA Rule 204 Preparedness Checklist

October 3, 2022

The rule will be finalized in November, 2022. Many companies will be subject to the new requirements and will have just 2 years to comply. Are you prepared? Go through our brief checklist to find out.

Full Supply Chain Traceability Is the Future of Food Safety

September 23, 2022

In this eBook, we explore the connection between traceability and enhanced food safety.

FSMA Rule 204 Highlights

Under Rule 204, you’ll need to submit traceability information to the FDA in an electronic spreadsheet within 24 hours of a request.

There are 16 fresh food categories on the Food Traceability List. Do you know if you sell any commodities subject to Rule 204?

Depending on your role in the supply chain, you may be responsible for KDEs (Key Data Elements) associated with more than one CTE (Critical Tracking Event).

FSMA Rule 204 doesn’t mandate a specific technology for keeping traceability records. Have you thought about the best solution for your company?