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FDA proposes heightened traceability rules for certain produce

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-27 Sun 18:18
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The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new traceability rules that seek elevated record-keeping for many fresh produce items, from all fresh-cut products to leafy greens and tomatoes.

Information on the rule is at https://bit.ly/2G0CG49. Frank Yiannas, FDA deputy commissioner for food policy and response, said the plan is a catalyst for change for greater traceability and transparency.

A public comment period on the new rule will be open until Jan. 21. on the Federal Register, https://bit.ly/305yVBf. The rule is a key component of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety and implements the long-awaited Section 204 of Food Safety Modernization Act.

Yiannas said it’s designed to allow the record-keeping process to ease investigations. The FDA will still allow paper records, but all companies in the supply chain should be able to submit an electronic spreadsheet containing traceability information within 24 hours.

“More generally, the FDA encourages all food businesses to maintain their traceability records electroni-cally whenever possible, to expedite the identification of traceability information when needed to address threats to public health,” according to an FDA news release.

FDA proposes new end-to-end food traceability rule

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-26 Sat 23:26
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The FDA has proposed a new rule that lays the foundation for the end-to-end food traceability across the food industry that it will be working toward over the next decade as part of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative.

The FDA defines traceability as “the ability to track a food at every step of the supply chain.” While limited to certain foods, this proposed rule would create a first-of-its-kind standardized approach to traceability recordkeeping, paving the way for industry to adopt and leverage more digital, tech-enabled traceability systems both in the near term and the future.

FDA proposes heightened traceability rules for certain produce

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 14:09
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The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new traceability rules that seek elevated record-keeping for many fresh produce items, from all fresh-cut products to leafy greens and tomatoes.

Starting Sept. 23, there will be a 120-day public comment period on the new rule through the Federal Register. A draft is available for viewing until then. The rule is a key component of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety and implements the long-awaited Section 204 of Food Safety Modernization Act. Frank Yiannas, FDA deputy commissioner for food policy and response, said the agency seeks to harmonize and standardize record-keeping process to ease investigations. The FDA will still allow paper records, but all companies in the supply chain should be able to submit an electronic spreadsheet containing traceability information within 24 hours.

“More generally, the FDA encourages all food businesses to maintain their traceability records electronically whenever possible, to expedite the identification of traceability information when needed to address threats to public health,” according to an FDA news release.

SIMBA Lite brings lower-cost PTI compliance

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 12:42
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Dynamic Systems Inc., Bellevue, Wash., has launched a lower-cost version of its SIMBA traceability system designed for smaller produce growers and packers.

SIMBA (Simple Inventory Management Barcode Accuracy) Lite can be implemented for less than $10,000, according to a news release, giving smaller companies accessibility to higher levels of traceability and inventory systems.

SIMBA Lite addresses several needs for small growers and packers, according to the release, including:

Traceability/labeling requirements: The system is Produce Traceability Initiative-compliant, preparing serialized case and pallet labels that include type, grade, size, weight and other information; Inventory and shipping tracking: The system provides a perpetual stock inventory as products are shipped; and Ability to upgrade: Users can upgrade with SIMBA Logistics, a mobile app that uses barcodes to track inventory in a warehouse, and SIMBA Pro, which brings label printing onto the plant food for real-time inventory and production information.

Key results include accuracy, end-to-end traceability and PTI compliance, according to the release.

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FarmTrace can track a banana’s journey from farm to consumer

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:54
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The retailing of the humble banana is set to go hi-tech in some parts of the country soon. By scanning a QR code, one can soon track the journey of the banana from the farm to the consumer’s basket. Happy Banana, the fruit brand from Desai Fruits Venture Pvt Ltd (DFV), has started deploying the QR code…

P&O Ferrymasters to enable smarter flows of trade with first 'track and trace' system for containers in Europe

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:51
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P&O Ferrymasters announced the launch of an advanced track and trace service for its container customers, making it the first major logistics business in Europe to introduce the technology. The service will allow customers to receive real-time updates on the precise location of their goods as they are…

Bridging the gap between farm and packhouse with provenance verification technology

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-01 Tue 09:11
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The uptake of new technologies to provide traceability within the fruit and vegetable industry has increased over the last few years. This is partially in response to the recent food tampering and contamination crises, but also through an industry wide recognition that good traceability systems offer…

How to prevent disruptions in live tracking of fresh produce?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-01 Tue 09:11
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'At Capespan we continue to look at new ways to add value to the supply chain'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-26 Wed 11:02
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Sustainable farming and visibility of the fresh produce supply chain is key to building a strong partnership with retailers. Today’s consumers are also keen on knowing where and how their fruit is grown and want the assurance that product is grown responsibly.“Innovation in supply chain management from…

'Consumers want to know more about the food they eat, now more than ever'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 09:51
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The emergence of COVID-19 has accelerated the need for reliable end-to-end traceability in the fresh produce industry, according to a leading Australian blockchain traceability and assurance system. Co-Founder of FreshChain Systems Greg Calvert says there has been growing awareness of food safety and…

New Zealand’s $6 billion produce industry aligning and improving its traceability systems

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-10 Mon 06:33
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A consultation document seeking the input of New Zealand’s fresh produce industry has been released this month as part of a significant project to assess and improve traceability within the industry.  With the New Zealand produce industry worth over $6 billion annually, our country’s traceability systems need…

Real-time tracking and edible barcodes

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-24 Fri 09:36
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As consumers want to know more about the provenance of their food, the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Export Facilitation Group is releasing a new resource that highlights the digitalisation of provenance. The new Food Transparency information resource looks at the tracing and tracking of food and its…

Frigga launches new temperature recorder T90

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-16 Thu 08:38
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Last month, Frigga released their ultra low cost, disposable real-time temperature recorder that lasts up to 90 days. So far, this USB thermometer is being well received by customers. This month, Frigga continued to expand their wireless real-time product line and launched a new 3G real-time temperature…

AU: RFID monitoring is suited to regular routes

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-14 Tue 10:15
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As supply chains adapt to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, autonomous reporting technologies like RFID (radio frequency identification) offer a consignment monitoring solution with minimal human intervention. RFID is used to reliably gather temperature data along regular, high volume supply…

AgTech India’s new focus on food safety and traceability

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-13 Mon 09:20
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With traditional agriculture in India making a historic shift to next gen technology like farm automation, Artificial Intelligence, GIS mapping, satellite imagery and big data analytics, the preference for ERP solutions is on a rise owing to the complete visibility of data and product life cycle across…

Port of Rotterdam to start trial with PIN-free container handling

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-10 Fri 11:03
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This week, various parties in Rotterdam will be launching a new pilot project, in which containers are handled and released without a PIN code: a widely used verification method in this transport segment. The project revolves around a new application, Secure Container Release, which replaces the PIN code…