Farm to fork traceability
Issued by Traceability Solutions - Apr 17th, 08:45
The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) defines traceability as “The ability to trace the history, application or location of a product by means of recording movement of product through data capturing technology.” According to the European Union General Food Law Regulation traceability “means the ability to track any food, feed, food-producing animal or substance that will be used for consumption, through all stages of production, processing, and distribution.”
Traceability is primarily a way of ensuring the safety and quality of food and feed by responding to potential risks that can arise. It is essential when national authorities or food businesses identify a risk that they can trace it back to its source in order to swiftly isolate the problem and prevent contaminated products from reaching consumers. In addition, traceability allows targeted product withdrawals and the provision of accurate information to the public, thereby minimising disruption to trade.
In addition to food safety and quality issues traceability plays an increasingly important role in creating consumer confidence in products and brands. More and more, farmers and manufacturers are involved in helping consumers connect with the journey of their food from farm-to-fork. Whether through a kiosk at a retail outlet or a barcode scanned through a consumer’s smartphone, product technology providing consumers with additional information about the history of the product they are about to purchase can yield tangible benefits.
Traceability provides a means of handling consumers’ inquiries, creating a connection with a brand, and providing confidence through learning the origin and production conditions, for example, of the products they are purchasing.
Traceability Solutions can assist farmers and manufacturers with various technologies throughout the supply chain all the way to the consumer. Our products range from laser technology to mark the ear tags on livestock to branding irons to mark directly onto the livestock as well as software to track products to the consumer which means a complete end to end track n trace solution for Farm to Fork with information available to all that are involved in the process including the consumer. RFID tags can be used at the pallet level for automation and identification of products as well.
Barcodes and scanners can be used to allow traceability of livestock, from inception to movement of livestock from different farms, vaccines and medication to the sale of livestock to the abattoir, this resulting in the ability to trace the full pedigree of the livestock. Fresh produce can be tracked from the receipt of the seeds to identify the supply chain, the allocation to specific farms, identify seed to harvesting and then through the rest of the supply chain from packaging, distribution and end customer verification or authentication.
In our opinion the latest trends in Farm to Fork traceability are RFID and IoT solutions, Traceability Solutions can incorporate these solutions resulting in an end to end Farm to Fork traceability solution which would mean product security, authentication and quality control for the entire supply chain from Farm to fork, by incorporating IoT solutions we can identify the conditions and environment that the product was in at a specific stage of the traceability supply chain, thus giving the consumer peace of mind at the end of the day and the brand owner the ability to easily identify areas of concern when needed.
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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.