Section 204, a proposed rule in the Food Safety Modernization Act, will require companies to capture data and store it for two years. Section 204 applies to those who process, pack or hold foods on the food traceability list (FTL), which includes foods and ingredients that will need additional record-keeping.

Companies have until January 2025 to be complaint with the rule, under which, in the event of a recall, the FDA will require data within 24 hours.

Section 204 will establish additional record-keeping requirements beyond those already in the FSMA. They will apply to certain foods, including dairy, seafood, ready-to-eat products, leafy greens, all nut butters, including peanut and almond butters, and soft cheeses like mozzarella, brie, blue and feta, fresh herbs, peppers, melons and shell eggs.