The Institute of Food Technologists' has announced a $1.3 million grant from the to design a common technology architecture for seafood traceability.
The funds will build on a 2014 grant from Moore that enabled the center to complete work on a project that encompassed nine global seafood value chains and forty-eight seafood companies. The new grant will help GFTC design a seafood traceability technology architecture that can be shared with global seafood stakeholders; increase awareness and understanding of the value of interoperable food traceability; and enhance a traceability financial calculation tool developed in 2014.
"This grant will spark new GFTC research to create a new technology architecture — a blueprint — so that individual organizations can seamlessly share data from multiple sources throughout the international food system," said William Fisher, executive director GFTC and IFT vice president of science and policy initiatives. "There is at present no mechanism in place to develop what our food industry stakeholders tell us is an important missing piece for effective food traceability. The grant will also help us to communicate the value of this blueprint to all stakeholders."