Food traceability with Tracepack
Traceability Solutions - Aug 27th, 10:07
According to World Health Organisation statistics, an estimated 600 million people in the world fall ill because of contaminated food. A shocking 420 000 of these cases result in deaths. The basis of most regulation and standard for food is quality and record-keeping or the traceability thereof, with the new regulation being enforced this does not only apply to the food premises but the environment throughout the entire supply chain of these products and requires a maintained traceability system and recall procedure is in place.
Currently, fruit and vegetables are batch identified but there is a movement towards item-level serialisation. More farmers, manufacturers and retailers are involved in helping consumers to connect with the journey of their food from “farm to fork”. 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 or consume, the ability to track and trace the source of raw materials to the final destination of the product is becoming ever more important. By marking the individual produce items with a serialised number enables traceability of the products across the supply chain.
Options for traceability and data collection from Farm to fork can be made possible with the use of IoT solutions offered by Informed Decisions which can gather data from pre-planting and production all the way through to harvesting, the combination of IoT as well as the history of specific growth can be used to start the visible or batch traceability of the products. Offering farm to retail traceability, visibility, and monitoring of supply chain environmental conditions as well as accountability and proof of conditions for chain stores, restaurants, etc.
Tracepack. a Division of Mitas Corporation can assist with the direct marking of fresh produce or products with either overt, covert or forensic codes, which can be marked directly onto the fresh produce or the packaging or crate the product is delivered in. Technology within our portfolio for HAACP food-grade inks can either be visible or invisible and are a first of its kind containing FDA approved food grade solvents, resins and dyes, in a recent study we did we found that consuming a slice of cake with food colouring is the equivalent of consuming 200 apples with the same food dye printed on the product. Alternative solutions we can offer are edible, invisible on-food traceability solution which is an effective, efficient and low-cost system that can trace the food and not the packaging. SafetracersTM is DNA barcodes which are FDA approved, food-safe particles that behave like pathogens and deliver full transparency into the safety and provenance of food and agricultural products.
They enable producers and processors to protect their brands and reduce food waste and recall costs. Because these barcodes can be applied directly in or on the food, tracing of the product is possible even if it has been removed from its original packaging or laser marking directly onto the fruit and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, gem squash, and butternut as well as many other perishables, including bread, thick-skinned fruits, eggshells, coconuts, and other nuts. By marking directly onto the food products will mean a decrease in the use of labelling as well as packaging in some cases.
We can assist companies in choosing the right solutions by firstly looking at the full life cycle of the produce and understanding if and where fakes are involved, this will allow us to tailor a solution for the client. We have technology which can identify a product, mark or label it and provide the platform and backend to give an end to end traceability from farm to fork.
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