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27 September 2016

Case study: Improving food safety and traceability

Supply chain company Transparency-One has built a social network powered by the Neo4j graph database to provide traceability in the global food industry. The platform is used by food manufacturers to trace all ingredients that go into their products, the factories that supply these raw ingredients, and the countries where the factories are based. Previously, procurement followed the 80:20 rule to determine the risks in their food supply chain, according to Julien Mazerolle, vice president of business development at Transparency-One. Today, though, 20% uncertainty is too big a risk, he says. “You need to know everything,” he adds. An operations manager, for instance, may wish to know whether any of the ingredients in the company’s products contain horse meat from Romania. Equally, a relatively low-cost ingredient like a tomato can have a huge impact on a high-cost end product such as a pizza, if there are supply issues. Food scandals The company’s bid to offer traceability in the global food industry began in 2012, when the ...

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