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Certco Prepares Distribution Centers, Suppliers For FSMA 204 Compliance

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Certco Inc., serving more than 200 independent grocery locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa, will use the ReposiTrak Traceability Network to automate supplier traceability in preparation for the launch of FSMA 204.

Once connected, Certco suppliers will be able to share the complex set of key data elements that are required under the FDA’s FSMA 204 food traceability law.

“As a distributor, we are required to collect and store more traceability data than ever before, for every shipment of the fresh, frozen and even shelf-stable food products covered by the FDA’s food traceability law,” said Certco President and CEO Amy Niemetscheck.

“We found a solution that would make the process fast, easy and affordable for our suppliers, and one that is scalable.”

[RELATED: How To Get Ready For FDA-Enforced Food Traceability]

Certco carries more than 60,000 SKUs through three warehouses and also provides independent retailers with a range of services from accounting and payroll to weekly ads and marketing. The list of foods that require more traceability under the FDA’s FSMA 204 law includes all varieties of fresh tomatoes and peppers, shell eggs, nut butters, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, soft cheeses and deli salads and many seafood varieties, which are included in Certco’s offering. As these foods change hands or change form, a compounding string of data must be transferred between trading partners to provide full, end-to-end traceability.

“There are real legal and competitive risks for wholesalers and distributors who choose not to do traceability, or who choose to do traceability in a way that doesn’t meet the FDA’s requirement,” said ReposiTrak Chairman and CEO Randy Fields.

“The most difficult part of traceability is taking the first step and starting to get your suppliers ready and able to share the data. Certco has taken that first step, and we’re thrilled to be working with their suppliers to get them connected.”

The ReposiTrak Traceability Network enables the exchange and maintenance of KDEs between trading partners to meet and exceed the requirements of the FDA’s FSMA 204 food traceability law.

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Sommer joined The Shelby Report in January 2022 after graduating from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA with a B.A. and M.A. in Communications and Media Studies. Sommer is excited to learn about the grocery industry and share her findings with The Shelby Report's readers!

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