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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With the new regulation R638 being implemented there is an increase in supply chain transparency, accountability, and security. One key to achieving gains in all three areas lies in the ability to trace the source of foods and their ingredients, from fark to fork.
Currently, the stainless-steel industry employs 114,000 people and is worth around R40bn to the South African economy from the primary production of stainless steel through to finished products, handling 500,000 tons per annum (tpa) in steel sheets, plates, and coils. South Africa imports a further 40,000 tpa of which 150,000 tpa is consumed, and 390,000 tpa exported.
Quality inspection is critical in the food and beverage sector. It can prevent expensive product recalls wasted production and expensive legal costs.
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