has been specifically designed to provide tracing information on
agricultural products worldwide, from the "field-to-fork", the company
said this week. Companies will need such systems as governments
implement new regulations requiring them to track food products through
the supply chain.
RFID technology, which uses miniature antennas and tiny computer
chips to track items at a distance using radio waves, is increasing
coming to the fore as the best means of
tracking goods throughout the supply chain. Many suppliers have been
obliged to install RFID technology because of regulatory pressure and
retail requirements from big retailers such as Wal-Mart.
The ScoringAg system provides RFID traceback in real time through a
secure online databank that pinpoints the location of each handler in
the food chain. The system can also work
with barcodes. Companies will have unique accounts through which they
will be able to access their product specific data.
Location is identified through a unique Premises IDentification Code
(PIDC), a mapping technology developed by ScoringSystem. PIDC records
activities and actions performed on the
animals, fish, or crops at each location – even in the middle of a
packing plant, or on board a factory ship, or in the middle of a
farmer’s field, and all the way to the retailer and consumer.
ScoringSystem's PIDC traceability system uses the ISO standard for
location and property identification. However ScoringSystem has
developed a more comprehensive system to define
all land and sea locations globally, including those areas that are not
recognised or covered by the ISO standard, the UN and other
"In today's global marketplace, any true traceability system must
include all agricultural products to provide a true chain of custody
with traceback and traceup
throughout," ScoringSystem stated in a press release. "This
includes fish from lakes, rivers, and oceans around the world, poultry
and hydroponics crops that may be raised in
multi-story structures above ground and wild mushrooms, truffles, and
root vegetables that may be collected or harvested below ground."
The traceback system provides online tracking through the food
chain, including transport operators, vehicles, inspection stations,
stockyards and all processors and food
handlers to prove source verification.
"Without efficient, effective data collection system and a
Web-based data management system, tagging livestock and other
agriculture items cannot provide true animal
traceback and traceup – even when a local, resident software system and
database is used," ScoringSystem stated in a press release. "A Web-based system makes it possible for records
to move with the individual product, which cuts the time required for source verification to just seconds."