Trace the food, not the packaging
Traceability Solutions - Jul 30th, 15:24
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.
Printed barcodes on the packaging identify the merchandise lot, however, once food and specifically fresh produce reach retail, the original packaging is removed and the traceability is lost. Item-level traceability traces the packaging and not the food. In the event of a post retails quality or safety problem, such as foodborne illness outbreak, traceability can take several weeks to complete or are often inconclusive.
Tracepack has an 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. The DNA barcodes can be read anywhere along the supply chain using a simple test instrument and test kit, both provided by SafeTraces.
The DNA barcode can be positively identified within 15 minutes, and anyone with valid credentials for database access can use the test result to identify the product source and transaction history. Even if the 2D barcode on the bag is missing or has deliberately been removed, DNA barcode technology provides rapid results and 100% verifiable traceability.
The barcodes can be added directly to various coatings already in wide use such as waxes, silicone oils, sprout inhibitors or protein-based edible coatings and can be added directly to liquid goods such as juices, milk, and oil or dry goods such as beans and cereals as well.
Key benefits are the protection of your brand, accurately identify adulteration, fraud and misuse, transparency through easy integration into the value chain, determine origin across mixed lots and can link products to registry systems, including Blockchain and FDA affirmed, non-GMA with no impact on product appearance, taste, shelf life or yield.
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