Critical Tracking Events (CTEs)
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What are Critical Tracking Events?
Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) are defined as events recorded throughout the supply chain that are essential for achieving food traceability and supply chain visibility. CTEs are dependent on industry standards specific to product categories, growing and processing procedures. Examples of Critical Tracking Events in the food industry include growing, receiving, creating, transformation and shipping. Minimum requirements set forth by regulatory bodies for the capture and storage of CTEs are evolving, including the recent proposed traceability recordkeeping rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) section 204.
Further specifications for the types of information that must be captured can be dependent based on the type of CTE. The pieces of information, or attributes, required for each CTE are called Key Data Elements (KDEs). KDEs for food traceability events include data elements such as time, location, lot code, quantities or other units, business identification information and more.
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CTEs Definitions from Proposed FSMA Regulation
In 2020, the FDA published new proposed requirements for food traceability recordkeeping requirements for foods on the Food Traceability List (FTL). While the definition and requirements surrounding CTEs may change before the rule update is in effect, businesses can start preparing their business based on the drafted rule. Types of Critical Tracking Events:
- Growing: For many food products on the FTL, such as fruits and vegetables, growing will be the first supply chain event where information must be captured.
- Receiving: This CTE describes the event in which an entity purchases a food product and receives it at a specific location after transportation. There are specific KDE requirements for “first receivers,” who are the initial recipients of foods that are “originated.” For more information and examples of when the first receiver category applies, see the First Receiver factsheet (PDF).
- Creating: This event involves the creation of a food product governed by the FTL via processing or manufacturing. For additional information, see Creation and Transformation (PDF).
- Transforming: Transformation events involve the changing of a food on the FTL, its package, and/or its label. This does not include changes made during creation. For additional information, see Creation and Transformation (PDF).
- Shipping: These events involve the preparation and arrangement of product transport from one entity or location to a different farm or receiver.
Businesses handling foods on the FTL may need to capture and store KDEs during any instance of the above CTEs. View which KDEs may apply to you for each of the named CTEs here.
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