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The FarmSoft is built on a solid platform of food traceability and safety standards. FarmSoft guides users through the food processing and manufacturing phases. The FarmSoft food traceability software suite specializes in processing and manufacturing involving fresh produce, fruit, and vegetables. Dried, cured, juiced, pulped, or even made into value added jelly and jams. Click here to download food traceability software specifications.
Tracking and Tracing of Food
Food traceability is the ability to follow the movement of a food product and its ingredients through all steps in the supply chain, both backward and forward. Traceability involves documenting and linking the production, processing, and distribution chain of food products and ingredients. In the case of a foodborne illness outbreak or contamination event, efficient product tracing helps government agencies and those who produce and sell food to rapidly find the source of the product and where contamination may have occurred. This enables faster removal of the affected product from the marketplace, reducing incidences of foodborne illnesses.
Existing FDA regulations require much of the food industry to establish and maintain records that document one step forward to where food has gone and one step back to its immediate previous source. These requirements establish baseline traceability recordkeeping throughout much of the food system, but these records often prove insufficient to effectively and rapidly link shipments of food through each point in the supply chain. In addition, these existing FDA traceability requirements do not apply to farms and restaurants, meaning that a large part of the supply chain is excluded from keeping these important traceability records. Simply put- the U.S. lacks a harmonized system of traceability from farm to fork that is universally understood and utilized. This means that during an outbreak investigation, our ability to rapidly track and trace food is often impeded by insufficient data identifying a food as it moved through its supply chain. A modern, coordinated approach to traceability that can be used and understood throughout all stages of the food supply chain will go further to reduce foodborne illness, build consumer trust, and avoid overly-broad recalls.
FSMA and Traceability
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) addresses this need for rapid and effective tracking and tracing of foods. FSMA section 204, Enhancing Tracking and Tracing of Food and Recordkeeping, instructs the FDA to develop additional recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. Section 204 has three major requirements:
FDA must establish pilot projects in coordination with the food industry to explore and evaluate methods and appropriate technologies for rapid and effective tracking and tracing of foods.
- These pilot projects were completed, and in March 2013 FDA released a report containing the findings. In addition, in November 2016, FDA issued a Report to Congress that described the findings of the pilot projects and that also included the agency’s recommendations for improving the tracking and tracing of food, as required by section 204 of FSMA.
FDA is required to designate foods for which additional recordkeeping requirements are appropriate and necessary to protect the public health.
- The FDA published a draft Food Traceability List for public comment.
FDA must publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish such additional recordkeeping requirements for the designated foods, to help in tracing such foods.
- The agency published the Proposed Rule, “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” (Food Traceability Proposed Rule).
On July 13, 2020, the FDA released the Blueprint for the New Era of Smarter Food Safety. The blueprint outlines the FDA’s vision to enhance traceability, improve predictive analytics, respond more rapidly to outbreaks, address new business models, reduce contamination of food, and foster the development of stronger food safety cultures. Although the FSMA 204 rulemaking is limited to only certain foods, the blueprint identifies it as a foundational first step on the path to promoting tech-enabled end-to-end traceability for all foods. The proposed rule, when finalized, would establish a standardized approach to traceability recordkeeping, paving the way for industry to adopt, harmonize, and leverage more digital traceability systems in the future.
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Food traceability software for award winning food manufacturers.
FarmSoft is used by award winning food manufacturers and processors world wide. The FarmSoft software delivers a comprehensive solution that starts from ordering of raw materials and ends after sale. This whole business management approach helps food manufacturers achieve maximum efficiency and traceability while reducing waste and financial risk.
Quality control is integrated into the FarmSoft food traceability software.
FarmSoft delivers a comprehensive and highly flexible food quality control management solution. Configure quality control tests for specific clients, products, suppliers, employees, and more. Quality control officers can capture photographs and attach documents to quality tests. FarmSoft Quality Control and food traceability software also allows up to five quality management staff to be sent emails containing the quality results of any tests that fail. This quality alert system allows management to make corrective actions or manufacturing decisions rapidly and increases communication between quality control officers and management..
Food Recall and Traceability
How to complete a food traceability activity
July 26, 2016 / 4 Comments
A food traceability activity is testing that your product can be traced to the customer (one-up). It also involves tracing raw materials back to the supplier (one-down). So why does it matter? Like any potential crisis that can occur in your food business, the more prepared you are – the better the outcome will be. Time is of the essence when it comes to recalling a food product. Regularly completing an effective food traceability activity will help your business to ensure that product can be traced correctly in minimal time.
Food traceability activity V a mock product recall?
Before we get into the “how-to” of the food traceability activity, I want to touch briefly on the relationship with a mock recall. Many people get confused with what is expected to be undertaken when performing a food traceability activity and a mock recall. First and foremost, it is important to understand what the difference is between the two activities.
In the context of food certification, a mock recall involves testing all procedures that relate to recalling your food product from the marketplace. This includes all components of your recall plan including getting the recall team together, making the decision to recall, notifying the relevant authorities and stakeholders, drafting written communications, informing customers, retrieving affected product, allocating relevant compensation and performing finished product and raw material traceability.
The main purpose of product recall is to identify and remove affected product from the market place as quickly as possible. A traceability will allow you to work out what types, batch’s, products have been affected. Completing a mass balance will allow you to account for all quantities. The food traceability activity is therefore, just one of the components of testing your food product recall plan or undertaking a mock recall. Adequate traceability, in this aspect, is to know where your product went to and where it came from.
Three part food traceability system
The food traceability activity can be broken down into three (3) parts. Part 1 and 2 make up your backward traceability and part 3 makes up your forward food tracebility.
- Raw materials
- Work in progress
- Finished product
Starting off with Part 1, you need to know your formulation or recipe. Look at all of the raw materials that are used in this recipe and see if you are keeping records of those raw materials. Do you know what raw material batch or date code was used in your product? Key information required for raw materials can include name of supplier, the date the raw material came into your business and some type of batch code of the raw material used.
Work in progress traceability
Part 2 of this process is understanding what happens from the raw material phase to the finished product phase. This is considered to be work-in-progress. This is where you track what happens to and where your raw materials go to. Don’t forget to consider any rework and wastage. Storage of bulk finished product comes under this part along with any finished product that has been returned by a customer. The types of information you should know include things like:
- Number of units manufactured
- Any write-offs or stock waste that occurred for the finished product
- Wastage / off-cuts during the manufacturing process
- Raw material quantities used to make the product
- Quantity of rework
The final phase or part 3, is to trace the finished food product from when it leaves your food business to when it gets to your customer. This seems to be the easiest part for most food manufacturers because generally ordering and dispatch systems are in place. For your food traceability activity you would need to know:
- Customer contact details
- Number of units sent to the customer
- What batch codes or dated product was sent to the customer
- Has the customer made any complaints about the product or been provided any sale credits
Map your product traceability
One of the easiest ways to show the relationships between all of your food traceability activity documents and records is to map them. This gives you a ‘high-level helicopter view’ showing how all of the data links together. This map can then also be your quick reference point when you have to quickly gather food traceability information.
If you are interested in learning more on how to complete traceability within your food business or how to map your product traceability, let me know by clicking here. If you have got your traceability method down pat, share with others and leave a comment below.
Comprehensive food safety.
FarmSoft includes an array of business management modules to cater for every facet of the food manufacturing enterprise. From inventory management, to waste , sales contracts, invoices, dispatch, orders, monitoring and KPI generation. FarmSoft manages traceability by continually tracking the movement of ingredients and raw materials, their origin, and their utilization. Perform recalls in under 3 seconds. Recalls can be performed by invoice, batch number, pallet number, supplier, supplier lot number, manufacturer lot/batch number, purchase order and more. Food traceability has never been easier!
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Food traceability important to grocery customers
Customers are more likely to purchase food products when grocers use food traceability systems to show where and how the food was produced and shipped, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.
In the wake of major food safety issues such as mad cow disease, consumers concerned about their health and safety have demanded to know more about how their food was produced and reached their grocery store.
Published in Information & Management, the study also found that for some shoppers, just having the information available is enough to influence a purchase.
The researchers found that a key factor to increasing consumer trust in retailers is effective governmental oversight of this information.
The researchers surveyed 245 mostly female consumers in Seoul, South Korea, where beef traceability systems are installed in nearly every grocery market.
Further research should collect data from consumers in other parts of the world, with a more representative sample of the gender breakdown of grocery buyers, Kishore says. The sample was 83 percent female, while 68 percent of grocery shopping is done by women, according to the study.
Kishore collaborated on the project with Chul Woo Yoo, Ph.D., assistant professor of information technology and operations management at the Florida Atlantic University College of Business, and Srikanth Parameswaran, a Ph.D. candidate in the UB School of Management.
New mobile app aims to make industry-wide food traceability a reality
iTradeNetwork, provider of supply chain management and intelligence solutions for the food and beverage industry, announced a pilot program with grower/shippers of select commodities in anticipation of iTrade’s newly-enhanced iTracefresh traceability suite free of charge to 2,000 of the food and beverage industry’s most prolific perishables suppliers. This offer is an important leap toward broad-scale industry-wide traceability and creating the world’s safest, most transparent food supply chain.
The perishables supply chain faces a serious problem: 48 million Americans get sick yearly from food-borne pathogens, and every year there are roughly 700 FDA managed recalls (CDC). As a result, the industry suffers an average economic loss of $10 million per recall, and only 33% of consumers now trust the safety of their food. Everyone agrees that industry-wide traceability is a priority, but it hasn’t yet been propelled by a catalyst with the scope and reach to make it a practical reality. Enter iTrade.
With the iTracefresh lightweight mobile application, growers and shippers will be able to trace their products from field to fork, automate and speed up product receiving, improve shelf life and product quality, simplify substitutions, and ultimately ensure food safety by giving participants complete transparency into every step of a product’s journey.
This traceability data will be tied to other data on the iTrade Platform, including purchase order data within iTrade’s Order Management System, freshness analytics from the iTradeFresh module, and logistics data from iTrade’s soon-to-be-released logistics module. What’s more, this data will also populate directly into the iTrade Blockchain, allowing buyers and suppliers real-time access to downstream activities in the supply chain as well as the opportunity to take perishables analytics to the next level.
During the first phase of the offer, iTrade will provide its traceability suite free-of-charge to suppliers on the iTrade Platform who grow commodities susceptible to food safety events. Each supplier on the pilot program will receive a free year of Label, iTrade’s PTI solution, and Transit Mobile, iTrade’s PTI-Palletized Advance Ship Notice solution, to capture and transmit critical traceability information early in a commodity’s journey from the field to the end consumer. To remove any barriers to capturing traceability data as quickly as possible, each pilot customer will also receive a free hardware package of 2 mobile devices, a printer, and a field kit to get them started.
After the pilot program, the offer will be extended to 2,000 more suppliers, ranging from small, remote farms in South America to large farming operations in Yuma, AZ and Salinas, CA. With iTracefresh, grower/shippers of any size and technical capability can start capturing and sending traceability information with the mobile app within just 10 days.
Each supplier to sign onto iTradeNetwork’s offer will also receive a publicity package that promotes their company as "certified safe" to buyers via press releases, case studies, website mentions, sales collateral, and more.
"More food traceability and grocery delivery in 2019"
As we head toward 2019, we’ll see more nutrient-loaded, lesser-known foods; an increased ability to trace food sources and more plants on your plate. Those are some the forecasts from faculty at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as they predict food trends for 2019:
Food Security: This is one of the greatest challenges the global community faces. Since most of the western world’s current diet relies on a limited number of crops for its major ingredients, any unpredictable changes in agriculture, such as climate change, urbanization or water shortages can lead to serious food shortage problems. As a potential solution to this critical issue, researchers see an increase in lesser-known, but highly nutritional foods on our tables. Food service vendors are using more exotic or ancient grains and produce – such as teff and breadfruit — and this will expand to retail products. Many of these new foods are loaded with nutrients. They’re known as “superfoods,” which are even more appealing to health-conscious consumers.
Contact Soo Ahn, email@example.com, or 352-294-3909.
Blockchain – Get ready to see blockchain protocol to enhance traceability of foods in the supply chain. That means all handlers throughout the system can see how, when and where the products went from farm to table, allowing for complete transparency. No one can make a change without everyone knowing and agreeing.
Contact Jeff Brecht, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 352-273-4778.
Fruit Variety Matters — Consumers are learning what chefs have known for years – that there is a lot of variation in the color, texture, flavor and sometimes even nutritional value among fruits and vegetables. Probably the best-known example of this increasing trend is apples. Did you know that there are more than 7,000 varieties of apples? The diversity is staggering. On average, 69 percent of U.S. consumers buy apples. As a result, grocers are likely going to expand their varieties to attract more discerning consumers.
Contact Danielle Treadwell, email@example.com, or 352-273-4775.
Modern Markets – Just a few years ago, Americans spent more money on food at bars and restaurants than they did at supermarkets. To get consumers to spend more time and money in grocery stores once again, retailers are customizing their stores to become social hubs that will be sources of entertainment as well as provide the traditional selection of groceries. Stores are now featuring things such as unique food stations in which you can sit at the counter, coffee bars that will allow you to order a drink and sip while you shop, large community gathering style tables to eat at, and even couches to relax on and have a conversation with friends. This trend is taking the chore and monotony out of grocery shopping.
Contact Nan Jensen, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 727-582-2104
“Free-From” Foods — With more people affected by food allergens and other things they can’t tolerate, more food companies are expanding “free-from” foods than ever. These include foods that are free of meat, eggs, dairy, allergens and gluten. They also include vegan food. While food allergies are an important contributor in this trend, lifestyle choices also drive free-from products, especially for vegan or meat-free foods. With increasing demand for free-from products, especially among the millennials, this trend will continue. New, alternative ingredients will be developed and tested by food manufacturers, and diverse new products will be introduced to the market.
Contact Soo Ahn, email@example.com, or 352-294-3909.
Less To-Go, More Delivery — Once upon a time, if you wanted food from a restaurant that wasn’t pizza, you would have to physically show up in order to pick up your to-go food. With the rise of applications such as UberEats and DoorDash, you can have almost any kind of food from any kind of restaurant delivered to your door. Throw in the fact that Amazon just bought Whole Foods, and it looks like we may be approaching the age of food and grocery delivery.
Contact Nan Jensen, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 727-582-2104
More Plants on the Plate — The United States has always been a very “meaty” country. However, as interest in health and wellness continues to grow, more people are electing to go the vegetarian route and forgo eating meat and other animal products. But there also has been a rise in people who enjoy a steak during a dinner out with friends but love their black bean burgers and zucchini noodles for dinner at home. As a result, there has been a huge growth of plant-based alternatives like dairy-free milks and yogurt, along with meat substitutes available in grocery stores and on restaurant menus.
Contact Nan Jensen, email@example.com, or 727-582-2104
Flex²B takes food traceability to the cloud
Flex²B, Flexible-to-Business solution by Oryx for the fruit and vegetable industry, has announced that almost everyone can now afford a solution with the latest technology. Previously you needed to invest in software to automate and to add intelligence to your produce-to-market chain. Now Oryx has taken to the “cloud” to bring you a service delivered by the latest state-of-the-art technology.
“Cloud” means simply that Oryx has been able to re-engineer their recognized software solution so instead of paying upfront fees to have their software installed on your computers, their software and programming intelligence can be accessed and used anytime, anywhere by you as long as you have an internet connection. You pay by the month and by what services you need to use.
Flex²B is a comprehensive solution that includes specific solutions for growers’ needs, track and traceability, pallet contamination, orchard management, deliveries, warehouse management, food safety, compliance, and more. It even has a messaging system so a direct message could be sent to a forklift driver to carry out an urgent and specific assignment.
That full solution appeals to companies with the budgets that can see a fast return-on-investment. These companies enjoy the flexibility and affordability that Flex²B demonstrates as it shapes itself to each individual company’s needs.
Flex²B Cloud permit to add technology on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Cloud will open up Oryx expertise not only for a new group of customers, but for new uses by current customers. The flexibility is such that combining the best of both systems, or mix and matching certain types of cloud and premise-based services can be achieved depending upon the need.
Flex²B doesn’t replace your own business or accounting or ERP system. In fact, it integrates well with existing standards. What it does is add more business intelligence around problems that are particular to perishable produce. These problems, while common to most, also bring their own particularities. And Flex²B is easy and fast for any company to adapt to their own business rules and it brings quality metrics that translate into speedy executive decisions to control wasteful costs and to add more precious profit.
Even companies with their own in-house systems may find Flex²B’s new cloud services (the top 20 modules are available as cloud services) address specific opportunities or shore up weak niches of intelligence in the route to the produce market.
“Our smallest tracking unit is a box of fruit,” notes Oryx’s Jozef de Smedt. “The smallest trading unit or stock unit is a pallet. We keep track of everything up to box level. These logistical units are all numbered with an SSCC code in accordance with GS1 coding. We know precisely where which product is, both in stock as in transit, through our 'location' modules. Additional components, DESADV messages, customizations have been implemented during miscellaneous integrations. This is an indispensable tool for tracking & tracing. Flex²B can also exchange information with your prevailing software."
Today every grower, every distributor and everyone in the distribution chain can win by turning their data into intelligence. The produce business is complicated enough that technology is a must.
“What we would like to do is show companies visiting Fruit Logistica how easy it is to get technology working for you. In Hall 6.2 Stand B-10, we’ll take any company that wants to save money in their perishable produce business and show how Flex²B will add control, intelligence and profit to their business.”
For more information:
Jozef De Smedt
Tel: +32 2 270 27 60
Migros implements TE-FOOD for blockchain based food traceability
Migros, a retailer in Switzerland, implements TE-FOOD’s blockchain based traceability system for its fresh fruits & vegetables supply chains. The project provides an interesting case for food traceability, and aims to deliver significant value for Migros and its supply chain partners.
Although a growing number of food companies are launching traceability projects, many of them focus only on the marketing advantages by providing transparent food information to their consumers. However, food traceability can provide more value from easier product recalls to improved supply chain control.
Migros wants to achieve deeper supply chain insights to optimize its processes. Supply chain optimization can lead to quicker distribution and reduced food waste, which is also part of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) initiatives for the next years.
Fresh food suppliers of Migros already had the possibility to communicate traceability data from their legacy systems (ERP, Farm management) to Migros through a GS1 standards based API (EPCIS). Now this data collection method was extended to a B2B mobile app, a web app, and file upload possibility - with the assistance of TE-FOOD.
Traceability data, which is sent by the suppliers, is automatically transformed to GS1’s Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) format, and sent to Migros’ own EPCIS system. The system is aimed to be used internally, opening it up towards consumers is outside of the current project’s scope.
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“We want consumer traceability to be viewed as an opportunity for the whole fresh food ecosystem"
Real-time paddock to plate traceability in fresh food continues to gather momentum worldwide, enabling retailers, brand owners and exporters to build trust with consumers while mitigating risk if and when things go wrong. Consumers want to know more about their food and are prepared to make buying decisions around what they perceive as being open and honest.
Fresh Chain Systems is a fully integrated end-to-end traceability and consumer connection system that enables consumers to scan a unique QR code with any smartphone to access key product information.
“We want consumer traceability to be viewed as an opportunity for the whole fresh food ecosystem, an opportunity for consumers to learn the stories of our generational farmers, their passions, sustainable farming practices and what makes their produce the best in the world. An opportunity for farmers/growers to learn more about who their consumers are, what their consumers want to know more about so they can redirect marketing efforts to get people to eat more fresh food. Using just their smartphone camera, consumers can scan and discover things like the region, pick and pack date, the grower and the growing practices, whilst verifing a grower’s certifications that might be really important to them, be it Organic, Modern Slavery Act or other. The system can include product recipes, seasonal updates, storage instructions on how best to keep the products fresh and lasting or sustainability practices like recycling. These are all opportunities to leave their consumer feeling engaged and appreciated, leading to more consumption of fresh food,” explains Greg Calvert from Fresh Chain.
FreshChain gives growers the opportunity to unlock powerful insights into who their consumers are and what they want to know more about. Growers can use the system to test varietals, have their product rated or respond directly to customer enquiries as examples of what the system can enable. Data insights are incredibly powerful and whoever puts in the data owns the data and is only released to certified partners with their permission.
Exports in fresh food continue to grow and underpinning that will be ensuring Australia’s reputation as a consistent and reliable supplier of fresh and safe food remains. Export clients, especially in Asia are seeking greater assurance around product provenance and importantly mitigation systems in the event of food fraud or counterfeit. For this reason, FreshChain QR codes are unique, serialised and encrypted meaning no two codes are the same. If any suspicious activity, like the same code being scanned in multiple locations at the same time occurs our system locks those codes down so consumers will know their product hasn’t been verified and not to purchase.
“One of great things about chatting with farmers is they are straight up and you don’t need to second guess them.They have been very clear with us about what will be needed for adoption of any new technology. The system needs to be easy to use, needs to be effective and importantly low cost so that every grower has access to it, irrespective of size or current digitisation. We don’t want to only target the big guys, it would disrupt the system if the mid and small players couldn’t afford to participate,” said Calvert
“The heartland battle for retailers has always been leadership in fresh food and this provides an opportunity to further assure their consumers that the fresh food they are supplying is both safe and fresh. With the latest technology, the ability for every grower/brand owner to now have a digital consumer traceability and connect system is closer than anyone imagined. I think there remains legacy issues around it only being about cost and no way to get a return - this has changed and for those willing to have a conversation will have an opportunity to capture the next generation of people with money to spend,” Calvert noted.
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