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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.

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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'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…

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…

Produce Traceability Initiative announces improvements to traceability guidance

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-02 Thu 09:18
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The Produce Traceability Initiative, consisting of CPMA, GS1 US, PMA, and United Fresh, and its many volunteer industry members, announced the release of four new or improved tools to support traceability implementation: Canada/U.S. Harmonized Case Label Template for Sharing Traceback Data with regulators…

Closer customer relationships, but shipping remains a challenge

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-01 Wed 10:57
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Sinclair manufactures produce labels and labelling equipment for produce companies around the globe. The company has label-manufacturing sites in ten different countries and labelling machines installed in more than 45. All these countries have been impacted by COVID-19 to some extent. “As the…

Produce Traceability Initiative announces improvements to traceability guidance

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-26 Fri 06:11
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The Produce Traceability Initiative, consisting of CPMA, GS1 US, PMA, and United Fresh, and its many volunteer industry members, announced the release of four new or improved tools to support traceability implementation: Canada/U.S. Harmonized Case Label Template for Sharing Traceback Data with regulators…