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Food Traceability Software for Insurance or Profit?

While reading recent recall notices posted by the FDA and several food publications, I came across – “Undeclared milk contents prompts Pringles to recall”. Being my favorite brand of chips, I was interested to know if I have any of those recalled cans on my kitchen shelf. Reading further, I learned that the recall was limited- only one hour’s worth production of Pringles Original 5.68 ounce, due to non-declaration of milk particles. When alerted by a customer, Kellogg Company detected that only 75 cans have been impacted by inadvertent exposure to a seasoning containing milk. These cans were distributed to seven customer warehouses that supply retail stores nationwide. Fortunately, no cases of illness or allergies were reported.

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A Lot tracking system is a system that records information associated with a batch of product. It could be as simple as knowing what raw material went into a particular batch of product. Lot tracking allows you to track several units of a stock item using the same lot or batch no. A User can determine what can be purchased or sold by Lot status. Expiry dates and user defined statuses allow you to further control the stock item. You cannot sell stock items that have reached or passed their expiry date. Read More

The explosion which rocked the coatings factory covered everything in reach with yellow paint.  While little physical damage was caused to actual plant, much product was lost due to cross-contamination, and the clean-up took weeks.  The cause was easily identified – two products with almost identical vendor item codes sat side-by-side in the staging area.  Although the code difference was a single letter, the use for those products was vastly different – one was for use only in water-based products, the other for use only in solvent-based products.  When the water-based material was tipped into a solvent mix, the results were catastrophic, especially for the worker who spent hours in hospital having yellow paint removed from nearly every orifice, and his hair and skin.

Of course, such mistakes in other sectors could have much more serious outcomes – contaminated products causing illness or death. Read More

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