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Monitor orders, assign orders to specific packhouses (you can have unlimited processing sites in farmsoft), and allow micro monitoring of each production lines output requirements using dashboards. The dashboards ensure the correct products are produced at the correct time to fill orders. Dispatch teams are given details on their mobile device (or PC/Mac) and scan pallets onto orders. Administration teams can see orders are picked and ready for dispatch, and are presented with the correct documents for printing. All of these features result in improved accuracy of both production and dispatch processes.
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Simple PTI solution - software for fruit and vegetable processing
The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) outlines 7 milestones to implementing case-level electronic traceability in the produce industry. Implement PTI requirements within your company, If you’re just getting started with PTI implementation, read on for more information and assistance implementing a simple PTI solution for traceability.
The Produce Traceability Initiative is a voluntary, industry-wide effort designed to help the industry maximize the effectiveness of current track and trace procedures, while developing a standardized industry approach to enhance the speed and efficiency of traceability systems for the future. Industry participantscover every segment of the produce supply chain. The PTI is an industry-led, supply chain-wide Initiative governed by a 34-member Leadership Council. The work is carried out by volunteer-led working groups in the areas of Implementation, Master Data, Technology, and Communications and is administered by Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), GS1 US, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA)
Are you waiting for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize traceability regulations to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act before you begin implementing the Produce Traceability Initiative? That may put you behind the curve. Michael Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods, recently told the PTI Leadership Council, “we know we are going to need to build on and embrace the work that industry has done.” When informed that some industry members are delaying implementing the PTI until FDA regulations are finalized, Taylor discouraged that notion, responding, “When real progress is being made, we encourage that and don’t want our process to be an obstacle.” In other words: Don’t wait, begin implementing the PTI now.
The produce industry handles an estimated 6 billion cases of produce in the United States each year. However, industry leaders have recognized that a more systematic, industry-wide approach would enhance overall supply chain traceability in speed and efficiency. The use of standards in the supply chain across the industry will significantly enhance the ability to narrow the impact of potential recalls or similar problems, protecting both consumers and industry members.
The produce industry is committed to food safety – the health and confidence of our customers is at stake. Enhancing our industry’s current traceability capability to achieve whole chain, electronic recordkeeping will allow government and industry to work better together to remove suspect product from the marketplace, while limiting the scope and cost of recalls to our industry. That vision necessitates the ability to trace product through the supply chain, from the field forward.
The U.S. Bioterrorism Act of 2002 requires that every handler of food products keep records documenting movement of its products both one step forward and one step back – that is, to document where the product was sourced, and where it was shipped. These records allow product to be traced throughout the supply chain today, but we recognize that the current system isn’t perfect and we are working to improve it.
What is the produce industry doing to improve produce traceability?
Current traceability systems are generally effective for tracing product within a specific company’s operations – that’s known as internal traceability – and the industry’s major trade associations have been working to enhance that capability by identifying and disseminating best practices for many years. The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) builds on that current capability by establishing a common framework and nomenclature for product identification, to provide streamlined connectivity across the supply chain. The PTI is facilitated by industry leaders, and staffed by industry and association volunteers.
The Produce Traceability Initiative PTI is an industry led effort to enhance traceability throughout the entire produce supply chain. The Initiative’s sponsor associations include United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh), Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Produce Marketing Association (PMA).
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Storage & dispatch of fresh produce has never been easier. Easy stock takes, always know inventory location. FIFO & 3D storage. Unlimited warehouses & storage locations.
ORDERS MADE EASY
Manage sales orders, sales contracts, batch orders / work orders, analyse production requirements and more..
Rapid and accurate traceability reduces business financial risk and makes audits easy. Reduces the cost of compliance.
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Manage unlimited pallets, and pallet types (eg: chep, wood, plastic). Track pallet types on sales and exports, label and track.
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Pick orders to customer specs, monitor order progress, print correct paperwork for each customer, shipping container management, export documentation.
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Batch management of inputs, washing, sorting, grading, packing and processing. Repack and maintain traceability
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Both internal and external traceability programs are needed in order to effectively track and trace product up and down the supply chain, achieving whole-chain traceability. At present, most companies have “internal” traceability programs, but not “external” traceability programs.
Internal Traceability = confidential or proprietary data and processes companies use within their own span of operations to track/trace product.
External Traceability = the data exchange and business processes that take place between trading partners to track/trace product.
Whole-Chain Traceability = Internal + External traceability.
The Produce Traceability Initiative PTI uses a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) to achieve external traceability. A GTIN number includes a GS1 company prefix that can be readily incorporated into a UPC barcode and works with RFID or human readable codes. It also includes a unique item reference number. The “GTIN Assignment Strategy” has been created specifically for helping suppliers ensure consistency when assigning GTIN’s to the cases by using standard product attributes to organize and categorize products for GTIN assignment. Similarly, to ensure that one label can be used for the entire industry, a standard case label template has also been created as a result of the GTIN Produce Pilot conducted in the fall of 2006. The Produce Traceability Initiative PTI Action Plan outlines the steps for achieving traceability at the case-level by 2012. Download the FarmSoft Packhouse Software brochure or watch the fruit packing video.
FarmSoft Supports PTI Pallet Labels
As a standard feature in FarmSofts packhouse traceability systems, the Produce Traceability Initiative PTI Hybrid Pallet Label is an included feature. The Produce Traceability Initiative PTI Hybrid Pallet Label is a GS1 128 barcode containing SSCC and Company Prefix data, accompanied by additional GTIN barcodes (GS1 128) which encode GTIN, Batch Number, and Quantity of Units. The Produce Traceability Initiative PTI Pallet Label also contains human readable data such as company name.
FarmSoft Supports Produce Traceability Initiative PTI Case/Carton Labels
As a standard feature in FarmSofts packhouse traceability systems, the Produce Traceability Initiative PTI Case and Pallet Label is an included feature. The PTI Case /Pallet Label is a GS1 128 barcode GTIN and Batch Number. The PTI Case label also contains human readable data such as Batch, Produce, Variety, GTIN.
FarmSoft Supports Produce Traceability Initiative PTI Repacking
Repacking typically refers to the process of taking product from one pack type (e.g. carton) and repacking it into a new pack type which could include a different outer pack or inner pack, or both. Repacking involves homogeneous (same) product being reconfigured, including splitting cases to create new, smaller cases (e.g. splitting an 88 count case of apples into 2 cases, each containing multiple 5 lb units). FarmSoft supports Repacking and also manages the traceability of packaging materials and labor. “Repacking” is a traceability process required by the PTI, and has been a process supported by FarmSoft since its very inception. Download the FarmSoft Packhouse Software brochure or watch the fruit packing video.
Farm Soft Supports PTI Commingling
Commingling typically refers to the process of taking different, non-homogeneous, products from multiple sources and combining (commingling) it to create a new product. Commingling can occur for many reasons including commingling various items into one consumer sales unit (such as salad mix and stoplight peppers), quality assurance culling and replenishment from new lots, and utilization of byproduct (e.g. outer leaves of romaine hearts used to create diced salad or other products). Regardless of the reason for commingling product from two or more lots, it is crucial to link lot numbers to ensure the integrity of lot numbers and an organization’s ability to trace. FarmSoft manage commingled product with absolute ease, and allows the use of unlimited sources (origins of inventory/materials), produce types, varieties etc in the one batch.
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Produce Traceability Initiative announces improvements to traceability guidance
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
- Revised Best Practices for Formatting Case Labels
- Updated ASN (Advance Ship Notice)
“As the Canadian industry strives for compliance with the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and the U.S. industry prepares for the September release of draft Food Safety and Modernization Act traceability-related regulations, traceability is increasingly a focus across the supply chain and with consumers,” said PTI Chair, Doug Grant of The Oppenheimer Group. “These new and updated resources support a renewed commitment to traceability efforts and bring clarity and harmonization to the tools that support traceability.”
The Harmonized Case Label reflects an industry-wide collaboration amongst stakeholders to align on a label that would be accepted by buyers in the grocery and foodservice communities in both Canada and the U.S. Buyers from both countries worked through the winter to design and align on one label that meets both buyer and regulatory requirements and remains founded on global GS1 standards. To bring confidence to the supplier community, part of the effort included confirmation of buyer commitment to the label via individual letters of support which are available on the PTI website. Buyers who have not yet confirmed their support are encouraged to contact one of the four associations noted in this release.
To ensure clarity on the use of the label, the PTI Best Practices for Formatting Case Labels was updated and includes information to enable integration into operations regardless of the commodity being packed.
In addition, the new Produce Traceback Template initiated as part of the Romaine Task Force and finalized by PTI working groups is designed to transmit traceability data to regulators when a company is involved in a trace-back investigation. The template was developed with guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for produce companies to better manage responses to inquiries about potentially harmful products in the supply chain, regardless of whether or not they are PTI compliant. The tool is designed to be used by companies of varying sizes who are at any point in their traceability journey. The Template was also integrated into the PTI Guidance for Sharing Traceback Data. Initial testing by a small group of buyers yielded favorable responses, and over the summer PTI will execute a larger pilot to determine how the Produce Traceback Template can enable the broader food industry to align on traceability best practices and prepare for interoperability and regulatory requirements of the future.
Finally, as industry transitions to use of the ASN, the ASN 856 document was updated to reflect the updated EDI standard version 007050 UCS. This technical change supports the use of this electronic means for sharing both commercial and traceability information amongst trading partners.
US: Produce Traceability Initiative to offer comments on FDA Product Tracing pilot report
The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), designed to help the produce industry maximize the effectiveness of current trac back procedures, is currently developing a response to the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 10 recommendations released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the document entitled Pilot Projects for Improving Product Tracing along the Food Supply System Final Report.
The PTI community with the coordination of its four administering organizations (Canadian Produce Marketing Association, GS1 US, Produce Marketing Association, and United Fresh Produce Association) will work to collect industry feedback and commentary on each of the 10 recommendations outlined in the report.
The FDA is now seeking comments on the pilot project final report as a next step in the process of submitting the findings to Congress and developing proposed traceability rules in support of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The volunteer members of PTI have been working toward whole chain case-level electronic traceability in this industry-led initiative for more than five years with the active involvement of industry stakeholders.
“The produce industry has been looking forward to these traceability recommendations to make sure that we can move confidently with the traceability best practices that we have collectively developed in the PTI,” said Mike Agostini, Senior Director, Produce, Wal-Mart Stores, co-chair of the PTI Leadership Council. “Our industry community is excited to have the opportunity to delve into the details of the report and provide feedback to FDA.”
The pilot projects were designed to explore and demonstrate methods for rapid and effective tracking and tracing of food, including types of data that are useful for tracing and ways to connect the various points in the supply chain.
“Many of us in the grower/packer/shipper community are pleased to see that the IFT recommends a uniform set of record-keeping requirements, encourages current industry-led initiatives, and suggests the development of standardized electronic mechanisms for the reporting of traceability data,” said Sabrina Pokomandy, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at JemD Farms, who also co-chairs the PTI Communications Working Group. “These recommendations are in alignment with the goals and vision of PTI and help us move forward with industry-wide traceability implementations.”
Peru to host international seminar on produce traceability
North American industry experts on traceability and food safety regulations will speak Jan. 22 in Lima, Peru, at an event organized by Peru's export and tourism promotion board (PromPeru).
Peruvian exporters will hear Ed Treacy, vice president of supply chain efficiencies at the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association speak about the components of the Produce Traceability Initiative and review implementation dates with exporters.
Food export industry leaders will gather in order to learn what is new in issues such as food safety and traceability of fresh fruits and veegetables.
Meanwhile, Dan Vache, vice president of supply chain management for the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association will give a presentation focusing on the benefits of traceability through the supply chain.
A panel discussion and networking session will allow attendees to ask questions about traceability and food safety issues.
In addition, Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy at United Fresh, will outline current food safety-related requirements and expectations of supermarkets and buyers, thepacker.com reported.
The event, to take place in the Westin Hotel in San Isidro, Lima, is organized by AGAP and PromPeru, and supported by APEM, IPEH, ProCitrus, PeruProHass, ProVid, the Peruvian Consulate, and the Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association.
ToolWorx awarded patent on SmartVision™ labeling system
ToolWorx Information Products, Michigan, announces that it has been awarded patent #8,485,429 for its SmartVision™ labeling system designed in response to the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). This unique labeling system allows produce growers to use standard graphics and markings to identify produce in containers and automatically print the associated PTI-compliant label, all without the use of a computer or mobile terminal. That’s because the company's system uses Intermec Smart Printers to do double duty as a computer and a printer, saving growers money and streamlining and error proofing their labeling operations.
The ToolWorx SmartVision™ labeling system is part of our comprehensive SmartPTI™ Suite that provides several labeling options to help growers comply with PTI. More information about SmartPTI™ Suite can be found on the ToolWorx website at www.toolworx.com. More information about the Produce Traceability Initiative can be found at www.producetraceability.org.