Fresh produce traceability app to reduce waste and achieve 100% order accuracy. Maximum fruit & vegetable traceability for packer, processor, wholesale, import export traceability.
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 purchased.
Fresh Produce Traceability
Defining your traceability requirements
Recalls, audits, mock audits
Fresh produce inventory management system
Supply chain transparency
Fresh Produce Traceability is much more than applying a label to the packed fruit or vegetable. FarmSoft delivers strict fresh produce traceability guidelines for supply chain end to end food safety & transparency.
Ensuring that the traceability chain has no gaps in it is important to reduce the risk exposure of your business. If there is a breach in the traceability chain, then the whole traceability enforcement system has failed and becomes a pointless expense. FarmSoft ensures 100% accuracy of traceability throughout the entire life-cycle of fresh produce, from pre-planting, to post sales traceability guideline adherence. FarmSoft ensures your business is not unnecessarily exposed, while minimizing compliance costs.
FarmSoft Packhouse Management software provides a strong platform for accurate recording of fresh produce traceability records, via a variety of easy and logical methods. Risk exposure to the pack shed is greatly reduced by having resolution traceability guideline compliance, which in turn reduces financial exposure to the packhouse should a recall become necessary. Accurate fresh produce traceability reduces the quantity of fruit/vegetables in a recall, and therefore reduces the businesses financial exposure. High traceability helps to open new markets for fresh produce, and improves customer confidence in product quality.
Best practice standards for fresh produce traceability such as BRC, GlobalGAP, ISO, HACCP, CanGAP, EuroGAP, (and many more) are supported by FarmSoft, making compliance and audits easy and less expensive.
The FarmSoft fresh produce traceability system constitutes thousands of processes & guidelines that are integrated throughout the entire system, guiding users to record correct fresh produce traceability details at the correct time.
FarmSoft Packhouse Management’s “Traceability” module isn’t a stand alone module. Traceability is built into the core of FarmSoft, in every process, action, and document. FarmSoft minimizes the data capture and entry costs associated with fresh produce traceability using various innovative techniques.
Pack sheds and pack-houses are experiencing new levels of regulatory control in the pack shed and packhouse processes for fruit and vegetables. Contemporary industrialized fruit and vegetable packing has become increasingly regulated over the past decade. There are now literally hundreds of thousands of regulations world wide that relate to the Traceability and Food Safety of the production of fruit and vegetables for human consumption.
Fresh produce inventory management system
A cloud based business management solution for fresh produce processing, packing, and wholesale can enforce most traceability requirements simply through its implementation, and should include these minimum functionality:
FarmSoft Packhouse & Pack Shed Software ensures that all fruit and vegetable (and other types of fresh produce such as salads, lettuce and loose leaf) are labeled and traced upon arrival at the Packhouse or Pack Shed.
Fruit and vegetables can be bar-coded upon delivery to the Packhouse (or labeled in the field if chosen). The bar-code will identify the fresh produce for its entire lifecycle ensuring strict adherence to traceability levels such as GlobalGAP, PTI – Produce Traceability Initiative, HACCP, ISO, BRC, FarmSafe, and more.
Fresh produce is scanned when sorted in the pack shed, this ensures Packhouse and Pack Shed managers know where all produce is at all times, and are able to view the history of the movement of fruit and vegetables to trace any potential contamination points that may occur during the pack shed or Packhouse processes.
FarmSoft Fresh Produce Traceability Software provides an extremely high level of traceability management and transparency; all the way to the individual piece of fruit if chosen. Traceability labels can be applied at many levels throughout the packing and manufacturing/value add process.
Fresh Produce Traceability
Fresh produce traceability is a business process that enables trading partners to follow products as they move from field through to retail store or food service operator. Each Traceability Partner must be able to identify the direct source (supplier) and direct recipient (customer) of product. The first priority of traceability is to protect the consumer through faster and more precise identification of implicated product. This is critical if the product must be withdrawn from the supply chain. This document serves as a best practice guide to implementing traceability in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable (Produce) Industry. The best practices recommended are based on global standards for supply chain management and product identification. These standards were developed by industry to optimize business practices across supply chains world-wide.
What is the scope of this fresh produce traceability guideline?
■ Applies to fresh fruit and vegetables for human consumption.
■ Traceability practices from grower to retail store or food service operator (i.e. external traceability).
■ Applies to all levels of product and shipping containers, including pallets, cases and consumer items.
This is a practical guide that is intended for those responsible for implementing traceability in their company’s operations and supply chain. The document provides a guide for fresh produce growers,packers, exporters/importers, and distributors as well as their customers and suppliers. Individual organisations may perform any combinations of these roles.
Fresh produce traceability for fruit & vegetables
fresh produce traceability for fruit & vegetables
■ Traceability is the ability to trace the history, application or location of that which is under consideration. [ISO 9001: 2000]
■ External Traceability is the business processes that occur between trading partners and the information/data exchanged to execute traceability.
■ Internal Traceability is the proprietary data and business processes a company uses within its own span of operations to execute traceability.1.4.2.