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Traceability: What Every Food Company Needs to Know

Originally aired: April 3rd at 12pm CST

Food traceability is essential to food safety. 

Traceability entails the ability to trace a food product and its ingredients through every step in the supply chain - while keeping precise records of all steps. And considering that the traceability requirements of section 204 of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) go into effect in January 2026, traceability is a must for the food manufacturing industry. 

In this on-demand Rootwurks webinar, you can hear Joel Chappelle, Attorney and Consultant at Food Industry Counsel LLC discuss what it takes to implement traceability in the food industry and why it is so important for food companies to get traceability systems in place. 

About this Webinar

By January 2026, every company that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds foods on the FDA’s Food Traceability List must implement the recordkeeping requirements of Section 204 of the FSMA. 

Food traceability is the ability to follow - and document - the movement of a food product and its ingredients through all steps in the supply chain, both backward and forward.

Traceability is an essential component of food safety and is especially crucial if manufacturers and regulators must rapidly identify and remove contaminated food products from the market.   

In this on-demand Rootwurks webinar, Joel Chappelle, Attorney and Consultant at Food Industry Counsel LLC breaks down what companies need to do to implement traceability, best practices for recordkeeping in traceability, and how companies can make sure they’re ready for FSMA 204. 

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Who Can Benefit?

Traceability is essential for food safety and can help mitigate the harm caused in the event of a recall. 

This webinar will benefit viewers who want to learn more about what it takes to implement a traceability program, the role of management in traceability actions, best practices for traceability, quality control and traceability, and much more. 

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Viewers will gain expert insight on:

  • The importance of traceability in the food industry 
  • The initial steps in establishing a traceability program 
  • The tools that can facilitate traceability in the food industry
  • How traceability can help in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak
  • How traceability improves quality control 
  • How good traceability practices can create safer workplaces - and food products 
  • How traceability systems can make it easier to respond to food safety incidents 
  • The dangers of not having a traceability system in place
  • Best practices for recordkeeping in traceability  
  • The role of management in traceability
  • And more!

Meet Your Speakers

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Joel Chappelle - Attorney and Consultant | Food Industry Counsel LLC

Joel Chappelle is an attorney and consultant with Food Industry Counsel LLC, with expertise in all aspects of food production, federal regulatory compliance, product safety, and supply chain risk. A U.S. Army veteran Joel has worked for a number of the country’s largest food companies and has helped companies resolve a wide variety of complex food safety legal and regulatory issues. 

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Hosted by Rootwurks

Rootwurks is an e-learning and risk management company built by a team of experts with more than 100 years of combined knowledge and experience in compliance and safety training. After many years spent in senior roles at one of the largest food safety training companies in the country, our founders launched Rootwurks and built the Rootwurks Learning Experience Platform (LXP) to help companies navigate the complex and crucial safety and compliance demands in industries as varied and challenging as cannabis and food.