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Food safety

Produce

Produce Traceability Initiative
changes show industry resolve

THE EWING, N.J.-BASED PRODUCE TRACEABILITY INITIATIVE
(PTI) has rolled out four new or improved tools to support traceability
implementation.
They include:
* Canada/U.S. Harmonized Case Label
* Template for Sharing Traceback Data with regulators
* Revised Best Practices for Formatting Case Labels
* Updated ASN (Advance Ship Notice)
PTI, which was created to help the fresh produce industry maximize
the effectiveness of current traceback procedures and to develop a
standardized industry approach to future traceability systems, is a joint
project of four industry groups: the Produce Marketing Association,
United Fresh Produce Association, the Canadian Produce Marketing
Association and GS1 US.
"As the Canadian industry strives for compliance with the Safe Food
for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the US industry prepares for the
September release of draft Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA)
traceability- related regulations, traceability is increasingly a focus
across the supply chain and with consumers," said PTI's chair, Doug
Grant of The Oppenheimer Group. "These new and updated resources
support a renewed commitment to traceability efforts and bring clarity
and harmonization to the tools that support traceability."
The Harmonized Case Label reflects an industry-wide collaboration
among stakeholders to align on a label that would be accepted by
buyers in the grocery and foodservice communities in both Canada
and the United States. Buyers from both countries worked through
the winter to design and align on one label that meets both buyer and
regulatory requirements and remains founded on global GS1 standards.
To bring confidence to the supplier community, part of the effort
included confirmation of buyer commitment to the label via individual
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letters of support which are available on the PTI website. Buyers who
have not yet confirmed their support are encouraged to contact one of
the four associations. To ensure clarity on the use of the label, the PTI
Best Practices for Formatting Case Labels was updated and includes
information to enable integration into operations regardless of the
commodity being packed.
In addition, the new Produce Traceback Template initiated as part
of the Romaine Task Force and finalized by PTI working groups is
designed to transmit traceability data to regulators when a company is
involved in a traceback investigation. The template was developed with
guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for produce
companies to better manage responses to inquiries about potentially
harmful products in the supply chain, regardless of whether or not they
are PTI compliant.
The tool is designed to be used by companies of varying sizes who
are at any point in their traceability journey. The template was also
integrated into the PTI Guidance for Sharing Traceback Data. Initial
testing by a small group of buyers yielded favorable responses, and
over the summer PTI will execute a larger pilot to determine how the
Produce Traceback Template can enable the broader food industry to
align on traceability best practices and prepare for interoperability and
regulatory requirements of the future.
Finally, as industry transitions to use of the ASN, the ASN 856
document was updated to reflect the updated EDI standard version
007050 UCS. This technical change supports the use of this electronic
means for sharing both commercial and traceability information
amongst trading partners. PTI's four founding organizations continue
to collaborate on industry challenges and solutions for produce
traceability, and encourage industry to access the new and updated
resources at www.producetraceability.org.

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