Traceability & recalls for fresh produce
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such as: inventory #, order #, pallet #, invoice #, supplier name, Crop / Crop Batch name, supplier traceability data, delivery date and more…
and processing fresh produce such as BRC, GlobalGAP, ISO, HACCP (and many more) are supported by the system, making audits less expensive, and compliance easier and less expensive
for as many steps as recorded data allows. FarmSoft allows multiple levels of traceability, not just one up one down
creation for inventory, or can start at the point delivery of produce from a supplier (if there is no PO), or all the way back on the farm – before planting has taken place (if you are using FarmSoft Farm Management), providing the packhouse with a choice of which traceability model to implement, and greatly reducing paperwork and data entry
(for rapid recall) all traceability records related to use of materials, employees, equipment – suitable for use with multiple standards.
You can perform a recall or mock recall using traceability data that is of unlimited age. The speed, accuracy, and detail of farmsoft recalls always impress auditors.
Materials and inventory
are issued with system generated Inventory ID labels which contain a unique Inventory Number that relates to the traceability details. The Inventory Number can be recorded via a mobile device when used, or entered onto a task sheet for later entry; this method makes recording of inventory very rapid and accurate.
by QC officer, including time, officer, date, and notes and photos and documents as attachments
The farmsoft system will reject delivery
of produce that is still within a PHI/Pre Harvest Interval or withholding period (if you are using farmsoft Farm Management)
Generate QR code labels
EAN 128 , GS1, PTI, Tesco, Walmart, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, Pick N Save, Loblaw, La Martina compliant labels
Traceability maintained for future audits and mock recall
Recall up and down the fresh produce supply chain
Recall always immediately identifies the customers and suppliers involved
Mock audit / recall / auditing
Make fresh produce recalls using a wide range of optional recall keys such as: Batch number, inventory number, batch serial, pallet number, invoice number, customer order reference, order number inventory supplier batch details (supplier lot or batch number), dispatch date, and more... Perform a recall to instantly determine which customers were sent fresh produce from a selected batch . Perform a batch recall to instantly determine the origin of fresh produce in a batch; including fresh produce supplier name, harvest date, delivery date, pack date, crop name, block/field/crop traceability code and more...
Perform an instant recall based on very little information such as only one of the following: delivery date, batch number, invoice number, BOL number, pallet number, inventory number, customer name, fresh produce supplier name, processing date, storage location, suppliers traceability date, field/patch or crop code
Produce traceability on patented labeling system
Food recalls have been an issue over the past few years, affecting a number of different produce items. Media coverage on contaminated foods causing illness has diminished consumer confidence in food and the retailers where they purchased the recalled products. To increase consumer confidence and public safety, a labeling company says it’s necessary to have an effective traceability system in place. Hurst International said it has made item-level traceability available through its patented Print on Demand (POD) Versaprint labeling system.
Full traceability is only a requirement on the outside of a case of produce. But consumers don’t buy an entire case of produce; they purchase it individually as a bulk item. Once the case is emptied at the retailer’s shelves and bins, all further traceability is lost, according to Hurst. The company says its POD Versaprint labeling system can add an additional traceability code on each price look up (PLU) label. The PLU label is added to all bulk produce items. By adding this additional traceability code, each produce item can be traced back to its origin. The labeling system can also be used to announce sales events or promotions reaching the consumers when they purchase a produce item at the store level.
The item-level traceability code tracks the individual piece of fruit or vegetable throughout the entire supply chain. The traceability codes include: lot numbers; grower codes; dates; julian dates; time stamps; packing house locations, packing lines and production. By identifying the origin of each produce item, the grower/shipper/packer can determine where the fruit or vegetable was at any given date and track the process to see who came into contact with it. This allows the ability to trace the product quickly, helping to eliminate additional foodborne illnesses. Moreover, beyond the financial implications of recalls, unaffected produce would not need to be destroyed, which further diminishes retailer profits. Information included in the PLU label can also be added to a blockchain distributed ledger to be effectively traced back throughout the supply chain.
Hurst says the POD system is efficient and easy to use. The company cites several companies in the citrus, apple, pear, stone fruit, avocado, pomegranate, and kiwi industries use it. The Direct Thermal Printing technology allows packers to label up to 63 different graphics at speeds up to 15 fruits per second. The company added that the application rates of over 95 percent reduces production costs, in turn saving money on labeling. Because the flexible system can print a variation of changing numbers and grow codes on the label, some Hurst customers use this feature for internal control and management. It can be used not only to identify an event that occurred in the field when farming, but also helps identify any mechanical issues or inconsistencies in the packing house or supply chain, the company concluded.
Intelleflex asks industry experts their point-of-view on cold chain issues
What is the first step the industry should take to improve food safety and traceability?
Dr. Jean-Pierre Emond, Director of Cold Chain Research, Georgia Tech
Most people take food safety for granted. But, with the trend of buying ready-to-eat foods at a wide variety of sale points, extra precaution should be made as temperature maintenance plays a critical role in the safety of food. Utilizing temperature monitoring during the entire distribution process can provide crucial temperature data during storage, transportation and while on display. Reliable temperature monitoring allows for proactive approaches rather than reacting to problems that previously occurred. By resolving issues before they become a serious problem, you can avoid loss of product as well as the loss of customer loyalty and safety.
Dr. John Ryan, President, Ryan Systems
An integrated food safety system combining traceability and food safety data would reduce risks, shorten recall times and provide inter-operation communications along the supply chain. Food safety data can be used to rank suppliers and handling operations. Low scoring operations would equate to high risk. During a recall, high risk operations would be the first required to provide traceability information thus allowing recall specialists the opportunity to quickly locate, test and dispose of adulterated food.
Jack Sparn, Chief Innovation Officer, iGPS
Prevention and traceability are the two cornerstones that must be implemented and practiced by all players from field to fork. End-to-end food handling, storage and preparation practices that emphasize best practices for food safety are the best way to insure that a cold chain product is clean, fresh and safely consumable. Tracking and tracing of food products and related supply chain components is necessary if a food safety situation occurs that requires audit or trace-back.
Mike Nicometo, Founder, FreshXperts
The cold chain role with food safety is primarily ensuring that perishable food items are stored within established temperature ranges. Technology helps by monitoring temperatures throughout the cold chain and providing alerts for any excursions. New technology allows us to implement monitoring at the pallet level affordablywithout disrupting work flow.Automated data capture of product moving in the supply chain provides a single data store enablingan instant recall in the event of a problem, versus getting all supply chain stakeholders to report where the product came from, what they hadand where they shipped it.
Peter Mehring, Presidentand CEO, Intelleflex
Traceability is a good starting point for food safety, but it needs to be implemented across a product's full supply chain to be effective. Simply reporting "one up" and "one down" relationships makes recalls difficult and time consuming, as multiple hops need to be traversed to collect complete data. Manual collection of product data at each site, either by invoice or bar code, has a high enough data entry error rate that it is not suitable for food safety and traceability. The industry needs a solution that captures the full supply chain history automatically and at every touch point –that would deliver actionable traceability data.
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