Farm to fork marking & coding
Issued by TracePack - Apr 8th, 14:42
Today food manufacturers need to identify and track every ingredient for every one of their products from the farm, through processing, packaging, distribution and to the consumer. The farm-to-fork trend has seen consumers become more invested in knowing the origins and overall quality of their food and concern for sustainable sourcing and food safety practices has taken precedence in the move to greater awareness with food consumption globally.
Many consumers are loyal to specific brands. Historically, this loyalty was most apparent in the world of manufactured foods, stemming from the consistent quality that was difficult to achieve with perishable products. Today, the concept of a brand is being redefined, with private label brands being increasingly recognized and valued, and with perishable products being branded. Traceability advances the opportunities associated with branding food products that may have lacked a label before, allowing consumers insight into these products, allowing them to make a connection to a producer or processor that they would like to continue to patronize. Further consumer feedback to the producer or processor can lead to consistent quality that was previously more difficult to obtain.
Coding and marking is the way in which essential product and traceability information are displayed on products, labels and packaging. All foodstuffs are required to be marked with batch identification numbers. Whatever goods are manufactured or produced, a batch number or code – such as a barcode, serialisation code, and expiry or ‘best before’ date – is required to mark products, labels and outer packaging. The batch number displayed on the packaging makes it possible to trace the product throughout the whole process. The “farm to fork” philosophy is a comprehensive food safety strategy which guarantees that the end recipient receives a safe, high-quality product by using GS1 standards you can trace fresh foods from farm to fork.
Information can be shared throughout the supply chain to support your business needs and vouch for food safety. You can retrieve data to satisfy safety regulations, use as a baseline for replenishment strategies and ensure overall quality while eliminating waste.
Tracepack offers handheld coders to batch bulk bags of raw materials at the point of receiving to coding and marking using a CIJ, TIJ or Laser for the product itself on the packaging or wrapper or directly on the fresh produce and then the shipper and even the pallet. Being able to see the full start to finish process of an FMCG item through the manufacturing for the supply chain, including the raw material origination by scanning a QR code seems to be the latest trend.
Tracepack can offer various traceability solutions within the supply chain by not only supplying equipment but also using security inks with DNA as well as edible UV visible and invisible inks which can be marked directly onto fresh produce, thus allowing the supply chain to track down to item level and even raw material used in a batch, assisting in the event of a concern with the product for recall, as well as aid in counterfeiting measures.
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Pharmaceutical counterfeiting is putting millions of lives at risk each year, and governments around the world are taking action to address this growing problem. For many, the principal weapon in that fight is track and trace regulations centered on product serialization – assigning and affixing a unique number to products and tracking them throughout the supply chain.
Pharmacode or pharmaceutical binary code is a barcode standard used in the pharmaceutical industry as a packing control system, it is readable despite printing errors and can be printed in multiple colours, which are used to protect pharmaceutical companies from legal liability and is a must for Pharmaceutical traceability. It would allow you to see the origin and other information about the drugs, as well as tracking forward to see the route of the product up until the sale. This would be the core of any form of Pharma track and trace system.
Traceability has become a ‘buzz word’ with regard to food, particularly following a number of food safety incidents during which traceability systems have been shown to be weak or absent and hence slow or unable to assure consumers of food safety. Food crises in the past, such as the Listeriosis outbreak in 2018 have resulted in the consumer calling for greater visibility and precision in the global food supply chain.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to have a major impact on the food supply chain – all the way from the farm to the individual buying food from a retail outlet.