|Recall everything or have a better Traceback System,
Since no one knows which pathogen
will strike next in the produce or the food industry,
ScoringAg can cut the losses of recalls. Traceback codes
directly attached to container's and/or retail packaging,
gives consumer's direct product information.
traceability codes directly attached to the container and/or
retail packaging, the consumer or food handler can see the
products movement record Field To Fork.
Farmers, field hands, and food handlers production data is
entered in the ScoringAg database from field to fork, which
gives greater control of the products real time movement
records and ease of searching in case of a event or
When contamination can happen at any point along the food
chain starting at the field of origin, better and faster
recall methods need to be implemented. ScoringAg’s traceback
labeling code system can help cut recall time and product
volume because it ties lot code product number to specific
sites that the product has come from or is at even on the
The FDA traceback rule is another traceability requirement,
on top of regulations on trace-back or trace-forward
activities under the Bioterrorism Act. Traceability records
allow manufacturers and regulators to track food from the
consumer to the source faster. This makes it easier to
pinpoint problems when a food safety incident occurs, and to
make site-specific recalls if necessary.
The PIDC location code generated from the ScoringAg system
pin points total movement of raw or finished product to the
grocers shelve. All activities associated with data from each
food producer, processor, and transporter have entries within
the ScoringAg database for uniformed site-specific record
keeping facilitating traceback. Those data entries that
enhance full traceback includes agricultural best management
practices (BMP) at field location sites which are based on
HACCP site records such as water quality used for crop
protection and irrigation. Other data entries like field
inspections, buffer zones, nearby crops, soil test, storm
runoff, manure or fertilizer applications, access and
sanitation facilities for employees, can be recorded in the
Records for transporters and containers that carry
harvested product to warehousing storage all have data entries
in the ScoringAg database as required by the FDA Bioterrorism
law. As the system can cut losses by its real time
recordkeeping system and search engine from the online
webbased system there is no need to start a recall industry
wide. Only specific time and date handled product entries need
to be recalled. The package code changes can be minute by
minute or by location as product is labeled whether in the
field or as it’s commingled in the packing plant.
ScoringAg’s traceback system is more decisive in records
then tradional systems that only tracks product by productions
shifts and lot codes. As the product moves through each food
handler a time date stamp associated with the location code is
added to the products record. Laboratory testing analysis data
can be inserted, also for water quality, pH, temperature, and
water pressures on the fly as it is reported by instruments.
Monitoring the product by machine or by a supervisor can be
done with real time entries even including the work force.
Since the e-coli spinach recall took many weeks to find the
specific field that was contaminated the losses where great.
If ScoringAg’s traceback code system had been used on the
spinach packages in question, the investigators would have
been able to do their search within a known chain of custody
of food handlers and transporters. This Point-to-Point
Traceback™ information can be displayed at any point during
food production and handling, right up to retail.
The information in the barcode can be accessed in the field
or at any point during the food handling process with a
barcode scanner, even at retail with encrypted login. This
would have saved the industry millions of dollars and saved
many from getting ill or hospitalized. Many in the industry
need to look at their risk assessment to prevent risk
blindness of possible losses but instead need to use ScoringAg
for record keeping and better risk management.