Traceability is the ability to verify the history, location, or application of any item by means of documented recorded identification.
Other common definitions include to capability (and implementation) of keeping track of a given set or type of information to a given degree, or the ability to chronologically interrelate uniquely identifiable entities in a way that is verifiable.
You are legally required (under Regulation 178/2002/EC), to have food traceability systems in place. At its most basic, this requires that you are able to identify who you have received food and ingredients from and who you have supplied food to (expect for those businesses solely supplying the final consumer e.g. retailers, caterers, who only have to trace suppliers).
However, the more detail you can include in your traceability system the better able you will be to deal with possible food recalls involving your product. Time is of the essence in such situations with implications for public health, your finances and business reputation.
Public health concerns are growing. Food safety legislation is intensifying. Today, it’s crucial that food is tracked across the entire supply chain, from point of harvest to point of sale. Intermec solutions protect brand value by measurably improving efficiency, safeguarding public health, increasing customer satisfaction and providing the means to comply with government mandates.
Millions of single points of data are critical to know in the food supply chain, requiring access to accurate, real-time information for fast, informed decision-making. ADC Barcode food traceability solutions offer paperless, real-time access to inventory, production and shipment histories.
Consumer food safety continues to gain visibility and rapid response to potential product recalls is imperative. ADC’s suite of automated solutions removes manual errors and mitigates the risk associated with major quality issues. In the event of a potential recall, these systems provide real-time, actionable data that enables you to focus only on affected product, minimizing the overall impact to your business and brand reputation.
An effective traceability system is a foundational element for compliance with current and impending mandates. Intermec solutions give you the ability to trace the history, application or location of food from field to fork across the entire supply chain, including growers, packers, wholesalers, DCs, retailers and all modes of transportation between the locations. Using durable asset tags permanently attached to reusable transportation containers, the containers are traced throughout the entire chain of custody, from point of harvest to processing centres and DCs to the customer at the store.
Intermec food traceability solutions give you automated visibility to metrics so your customers enjoy fresher, higher quality products. And using ADC’s automated track and trace solutions enables you to assure retailers you have the systems to protect their customers in any industry-wide food safety alerts or recall situations.
ADC Barcode provides the most versatile and reliable portfolio of purpose-built mobile technologies and innovative voice-enabled solutions specifically tailored to support food-traceability programs. ADC offers cost-effective food traceability solutions designed to seamlessly integrate into existing operations.
For consumer goods and food retailer executives striving to improve productivity, quality and efficiency while also complying with legislative mandates and increasing customer satisfaction, ADC’s proven workflow solutions and complete life-cycle services reduce total operating costs and deliver business growth and superior bottom line results.
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