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Simple traceability solution - software for fruit and vegetable packing
Processors and packers involved in the fresh produce industry deal with a lot of compliance and traceability issues. If the worst happens and a product recall needs to be effected immediately, they have to be able to trace where the raw ingredients of fruit and vegetables came from, what was done to them, when and where the finished products have gone.
Fresh produce processors and packers manufacturers are subject to quality audits and they can often practice recalls and food safety incidents. From a business perspective, these activities often can be expensive and cumbersome to comply with, without the use of a simple traceability solution that is integrated into the businesses fresh produce handling processes and guidelines.
As a supplier to the food manufacturing or fresh produce processing or handling and retail industry, quality control and traceability are key for any manufacturer. Farmsoft delivers solutions in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Africa, and Asian regions. Use farmsoft to become compliant and increased efficiency.
Without a simple traceability solution:
When details are requested about a specific shipment, it was not uncommon to see people combing through reams of paper to trace the required traceability information.
To ensure compliance and to make efficiency gains, implement farmsoft to manage key critical traceability points in the fresh produce handling process: Research and Development, Document every detail, Record all changes before QA and Production, Quality Assurance, Manage new product approval, Corrective Action Reports, Lab Results, Supplier Accreditation, Renewals
Production: Handwritten production records – scanned, classified, routed to Production and QA managers for approval. Records are automatically linked to the product and batch for instant record retrieval
Other processes that can be automated: Quotes, A/P Invoice Approvals, Purchase Requests, Maintenance Requests, Document Management.
Some immediate results of implementing a simple traceability solution include: Tracking shipments, batches and ingredients could take days, with a simple, modern, cloud based traceability solution instant recalls can be produced in less than 3 seconds. Forget about legacy traceability systems that required days, hours, or event minutes to perform product recall. Management meetings have instant access to the status of Projects, Corrective Action Reports and Maintenance Requests without days of preparation.
Quality Audits are less stressful and more efficient. Fresh produce processors and handlers need to be compliant, but this does not have to affect their efficiency negatively.
Using technology to solve the challenges throughout the food chain, we provide solutions that ensure food traceability by marking containers (cardboard boxes, rpc-recycled plastic containers, wood crates, waxed boxes etc.) of all fresh produce throughout the food chain with Lot ID, storage locations / cool room / cold stores, supplier name, date and time, and other important information ensures fresh, safe, and healthy fruit and vegetables.
Citrus Australia explores blockchain traceability system
Citrus Australia, the organisation representing Australia’s citrus fruit growers, has commissioned a pilot study to improve traceability using unique digital identifiers on a blockchain.
The pilot will be run with the help of digital ID label start-up Laava and real-time blockchain company Trust Provenance, backed with A$200,000 ($120,000) in funding from Agriculture Victoria, Australia’s largest agriculture producer spanning more than 29,000 businesses.
It aims to provide a simple way to tell the origin of citrus fruit grown in Victoria, protect against counterfeiting, and improve control of the supply chain from “tree to table”, for example allowing rapid recalls of fruit if needed. Australia’s citrus sector exported A$540 millions-worth of fruit last year, with A$162 million of that total coming from Victoria.
Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes said the programme was scheduled to take place over seven months during the 2020 citrus harvest period from early May to the end of July, although it may be delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The results will be used to show other horticultural industries the benefits of traceability.
Vietnam city rolls out QR origin traceable vegetables
Vegetables have joined pork in Ho Chi Minh City to have their origin made traceable via a simple QR scan using a free app.
The first batch of traceable greens will hit selected Ho Chi Minh City supermarkets on Wednesday. Plans for a nationwide roll-out are expected sometime around April.
The program is the second of its kind launched by the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), with the origin of pork sold in the city’s markets and supermarkets made traceable since January.
The new QR labeled vegetables will allow origin traceability, according to Huynh Thi Kim Cuc, deputy director of DARD.
Cuc said customers could use any QR code scanner, available on their smartphones, to scan the one-time label on any package of vegetables under the program, which will provide them with all the necessary information regarding the produce.
This information includes the vegetables' name; where and when they were grown, when they were packaged and distributed; as well as a list of any pesticides and fertilizers used.
From local sustainable farming to ready meals and convenience food
Made by Farmdrop is Farmdrop’s new range of healthy, simple and fresh handmade ready meals and convenience food. Every single ingredient is sourced from the company’s existing community of local, sustainable farmers and producers and the line will also have 100% plastic-free packaging. The line includes nourishing breakfast pots, quick midweek dinners, or salads for lunch on the go.
The range will be inspired by nature, governed by the seasons and centered around the fresh, seasonal ingredients that the company’s producers are growing and making. At its heart, Made by Farmdrop aims to bring sustainable and 100% traceable ingredients straight into the consumer’s home in a convenient way, for the days when a little help is needed in the kitchen.
Every element that goes into the Made by Farmdrop meals can be found in the company’s shop, which guarantees the commitment to organic, high-welfare and the sustainably produced food. The company will also be working with farmers and producers to help incorporate surplus or glut produce, helping to further tackle food waste.
The range is focused on taste, traceability, and sustainability. With absolutely nothing to hide, it uses local, seasonal and organic ingredients, simple recipes and 100% plastic-free packaging.
Free traceability suite offered to all growers and shippers
iTradeNetwork offers its newly-enhanced iTracefresh Traceability Suite software to over 2,000 growers and shippers, free-of-charge. The first 40 to sign up will receive an exclusive start-up package inclusive of hardware to easily run the software.
The iTracefresh Traceability Suite aims to reduce food-borne illnesses, recalls and food waste by giving participants complete transparency into every step of a product's journey. With mobile-app capabilities, the tool allows growers and shippers to trace products from field to fork, automate and speed up receiving, and improve shelf life and quality while simplifying substitutions to increase efficiency within the supply chain.
"We need to take steps to minimize the harmful effects of recalls for all parties - consumers, growers, retailers, and the industry as a whole," said Rhonda Bassett-Spiers, CEO of iTradeNetwork. "By offering a year traceability solutions for free, iTrade will foster greater supply chain visibility, optimize product receiving, improve product shelf life and quality, enable more efficient recalls, boost brand loyalty, and ultimately usher in a supply chain we can all trust."
All growers and shippers to sign up for this unprecedented offer will receive one year of access to two of iTrade’s programs – Label, a PTI solution, and Transit Mobile, a PTI-Palletized Advance Ship Notice solution. Additionally, the first 40 to sign up will be given an exclusive hardware start-up package inclusive of two mobile devices for convenience on the field, a printer and field kit to make set up quick and simple.
"Since iTradeNetwork’s founding, we’ve built the industry's largest network of retailers, distributors, grower/shippers, food manufacturers, operators, and logistics providers," says Dale Slaughenhaupt, CTO of iTradeNetwork, "This wide reach puts us in a very unique position to take meaningful strides toward industry-wide traceability to create the world's safest, most transparent food supply chain.”
To sign-up or learn more about the iTradeNetwork's iTracefresh Traceability Suite, please stop by booth #4223 at PMA Fresh Summit this week or visit www.info.itradenetwork.com/itrades-traceability-offering to sign up.
Blockchain technology is gaining importance in the fruit and vegetable sector
The French company “Connecting Food” developed a transparency platform based on blockchain technology. “By scanning the QR code on the packaging of the final product, consumers are able to know when the product in their hands was produced and if all the specifications have been met,” explains Coline Laurent.
Blockchain technology is a multi-branch solution which is gaining importance in the fruit and vegetable sector. Recently, the producer “Les Fermes Larrère” joined Connecting Food for their flat cabbage, choudou, and their asparagus. “They want to have a blockchain solution in order to no longer waste energy entering all the data from the products in different formats for each client.”
Coline adds that at first, blockchain technology offers traceability. “The consumer is able to know where the product comes from, and when the product was sown and harvested. Additionally, we check that all the specifications followed by our clients are met. These specifications vary depending on the products and include criteria like size and freshness, for example. We retrieve the data and enter them safely on the blockchain.”
Most of the clients of Connecting Food are about to launch their products in the stores. In France, besides fruits and vegetables, we can also use the technology for milk and duck breast. Products with a QR code will be available in supermarkets in February or March. In Germany, Connecting Food even tracks the fruits used by a brand of lemonade. The lemonade will be presented at the Paris Agricultural Show in a month.
The milk brand “Juste et Vendéen”, which is tracked by Connecting Food, is already available in Super U supermarkets in France. In Italy, some organic eggs of the brand Vivi Verde are available in Coop supermarkets.
The Connecting Food team
We do not know yet if blockchain technology could become an important technology for French consumers. “The coming months will define how this technology should be presented to the consumers. It is evident that they look for transparency, but we do not know yet if blockchain technology will reassure them best in this regard. But once the consumer is more enlightened, blockchain may make it possible to differentiate the products whose traceability is really solid from the simple storytelling of the brands.”
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