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April 2, 2024


Embracing a cloud-first approach to FSMA 204 compliance: Is your supply chain ready?

Alexandria Zakrzewski   

Marketing Communications Specialist 

The area of food safety regulations is constantly evolving, driven by the importance of ensuring consumer well-being and industry accountability. Section 204 of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) went into effect in January of 2023, with the FDA giving companies until January of 2026 to become fully compliant. As companies navigate this new mandate, embracing a cloud-first approach emerges as a critical strategic initiative for enhancing supply chain efficiency and product safety.  

Understanding FSMA 204 compliance 

The urgency surrounding FSMA 204 compliance stems from the critical need to mitigate foodborne illnesses and enhance traceability across the food supply chain. Companies involved in the production, processing, and handing of specific food items listed by the FDA must adhere to strict guidelines and traceability standards outlined in FSMA. Key requirements include maintaining records for critical tracking events (CTEs) such as growing, receiving, creating, transforming, and shipping processes. Companies must also ensure data integrity, accessibility, and timely reporting of events with regulatory agencies.  

Why a cloud-first approach? 

Embracing cloud technologies creates supply chain transparency, reduces labeling errors, and ultimately ensures the delivery of safer products to consumers. The transition from manual paperwork and spreadsheets to automated cloud-based solutions streamlines processes such as data capture and information sharing, mitigating the risks of human errors and discrepancies. Cloud-based solutions are also scalable and provide real-time visibility, empowering organizations to proactively manage and monitor their supply chains throughout the entire process, all while staying in compliance with the FSMA 204 regulation.  

Leveraging industry resources for compliance success 

Collaboration with industry organizations such as GS1 US helps organizations navigate the FSMA 204 compliance. GS1 US has provided a readiness checklist and collaborative platforms as resources for companies to follow as they become fully compliant. Some of the key strategies to ensure your supply chain is ready include evaluating current labeling process, data management and tracking, and finding ways to proactively plan for industry trends and changing guidelines. Standardizing labeling processes by utilizing GS1 identifiers, QR codes, and traceability codes ensure accurate labeling and identification in case of recalls or contamination events.  

In conclusion, as the January 2026 deadline for FSMA 204 approaches, appropriate planning and cloud adoption are paramount for food companies. Embracing an innovative cloud-based solution not only ensures regulatory compliance but also improves the efficiency of operations and enhances food safety. By leveraging resources available, collaborating with all stakeholders, and prioritizing data integrity companies can comply with the FSMA 204 regulation and ensure long-term supply chain growth and success. 

For more information on how you can prepare for FSMA 204, download our complimentary report! 

  • Cloud
  • Regulatory
  • FDA
  • Supply Chain
  • Track and Trace