Those nut, fruit, and vegetable operations that receive, hold, and ship
raw agricultural commodities, such as sweet corn, green beans, carrots,
alfalfa sprouts, peppers, apples and other crops, are mandated by the
Bioterrorism Act of 2002 to register all their facilities, wherever
food commodities and produce are received, cleaned, stored, blended,
and processed, and then shipped again. Operations that receive raw
agricultural commodities and manufacture them into food and pack it
also are required to comply with this law. Even the delivery truck and
its drivers have to be recorded. This mandate to keep records of all
produce received, stored, and shipped is required to help prevent
natural or terrorist contamination.
The nut, fruit, and vegetable recordkeeping process must be in place by
June 2006 for operations that have 11 or more employees. After this
date, all records must be available to the FDA as soon as possible, and
no longer than 24 hours after a request is made if contamination is
tracked to a produce handling operation.
ScoringAg provides all necessary records, including precise location
records (PIDC code), of the product with traceback available in just
seconds. The records requested by FDA may be related to the
manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, receipt,
holding, or importation of such an article of food that are maintained
by, or on behalf of, an entity subject to the recordkeeping regulation,
and at any location.
ScoringAg's Point-to-Point Traceback system keeps the produce ID and/or
RFID number from the field through the processing stage or storage, to
the transporter's log through every processing stage, from the grower
to the table, all for just pennies per record. Each produce label can
carry an SSI-EID number and/or barcode that corresponds to that one
item's total history of food handlers and its quality.
ScoringAg.com and its traceback and traceup system for agriculture
products, featuring Site-Specific Recordkeeping and PIDC location
codes, is one of the many divisions of ScoringSystem, Inc. Located in
Sarasota, Florida USA, the company specializes in providing solutions
with mobile data, via wireless PDAs, laptops, and Semacode-programmed
Nokia, Siemens, and Sony Ericsson cell phones. With the use of RFID and
barcodes for traceup and traceback of livestock and crops, produce or
tracking transport containers or perishable meats and other food
consumer goods. www.ScoringAg.com makes managing data easier - and does it in an extremely cost effective manner from "Field-to-Fork."