Regulatory requirements and the increasing need to trace and track fruits and vegetables through the supply chain have resulted in strong industry attention to traceability. At the core is the need for accurate and timely identification of fruits and vegetables, their origin, location within the supply chain and the ability to execute an efficient recall. For government agencies, the focus is primarily on food safety but industry drivers are much broader including supply chain logistics, quality and identity preservation.
Various efforts around produce traceability have produced documents, resources and a standard to assist industry in implementation.
Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI)
The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is an industry wide U.S. effort aimed at creating a traceability process that will enable the quick and efficient electronic tracking of produce cases between supply chain members. Information is available at the official PTI website: www.producetraceability.org
Global Fruit & Vegetable Traceability Implementation Guide
Created by a global fresh produce effort, the Global Fruit & Vegetable Traceability Implementation Guide serves as a guide to implementing GS1 traceability standards in the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable industry supply chain.
Traceability Training and Resources
To assist industry in an understanding of the basics of produce traceability, various resources are available including: