Featured Food Traceability Articles

  1. Traceability And Transparency Are Key Aspects Of Food Pathogen Testing

    FSMA regulations require food manufacturers and processors to be proactive in their approach to food-safety events. Because of this, many food producing companies are beefing up traceability practices within their supply chains. Adding even more urgency to bolstering traceability practices is the growing complexity and global nature of modern supply chains, along with consumers demanding to know who harvested and transported the food product, where the food and its ingredients came from, and how the food was handled on its journey from harvest to table.

  2. 6 Ways To Create A Leaner Supply Chain

    Over one-third of all food produced in the U.S. and around the world may be lost through spoilage or expiration every year. While the food industry works to reduce this number with improved refrigeration and increased efficiencies in the global food supply chain, it may be having an effect at your company. Implementing a plan for a lean supply chain can not only help to reduce worldwide waste, it can improve your company’s bottom line.

  3. The Nation’s Largest Food Safety Inspection Database Is Up And Running

    Food safety inspection data has traditionally been difficult to aggregate as each regulating agency has compiled its own data in individual databases. While it is fairly simple to find publicly available inspection data on the USDA and FDA websites, local and state agency information hasn’t been so easy to find… until now.

  4. How Big Data Is Helping Food Supply Chain Management

    Appropriate use of big data can provide insight into management of the food supply chain, but executives need to be willing to put all their eggs in the big data basket.

  5. Food-Safety Management: ISO 22000 To Be Revised

    ISO 22000, an international standard for food-safety management, is currently under revision with publication set for 2017. Pet food makers, as well makers of bottled water, are being asked for comments before the revision’s final publication.

  6. How A Food Defense Plan Benefits Public Safety

    Both the FDA and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are responsible for ensuring the food supply chain is safe from intentional contamination.  In addition to protection against accidental food-safety events, manufacturers and processors must also establish a plan to prevent against intentional contamination.

  7. How Is The Food Industry Using Big Data?

    Nearly every industry is struggling to manage its constantly-evolving and continuously–growing data, and the food industry is no different. The food industry creates and enormous amount of data and that information — food’s temperature, transit time, inventory levels, labeling information and associated data for retailers, to name a few — needs to be managed in real time and put to effective use.

  8. Prepare Your Supply Chain For Extreme Weather

    There is no escaping it, extreme weather events are going to happen whether you like it or not. However, with these events’ potential to disrupt supply chain operations, advance preparation will go a long way toward enduring the worst of sever-weather events.

  9. Why Effective Traceability Systems Utilize Automated Data Collection

    Whether it is mislabeling an ingredient known to be an allergen or a contamination event, immediate response is needed to maintain safety in the food supply chain, but many companies may be using out-of-date tracking systems. With any possibility of a food-safety event resulting in dangerous allergic reactions or illness, recall efforts must be put forth post haste, but antiquated systems make timely response impossible.

  10. Is FSMA Making Produce Safer?

    Regarding the latest spinach recall, no illnesses have been reported, but consumers may be left wondering if produce is becoming safer. Despite greater consumer awareness of recalls — and food-safety events in general — increased awareness may actually be part of the cause for alarm.