Software company TraceAll and food process control business Qmach have joined forces to provide an online system for tracing food ingredients through the global supply and production chain.
The move is aimed at helping food companies comply with new safety requirements that require them to trace ingredients from source right up to the supermarket checkout so that food safety problems can be pinpointed and products recalled if necessary.
Food retailers such as Wal-Mart are already setting traceability standards for suppliers of fresh products.
The online food tracing system is built on TraceAll’s web-based technology, which gives users access to full product information from anywhere in the world in real time.
The web-based automated product is designed to replace time-consuming paper-based systems and allow food firms to identify and quantify any problems quickly and accurately.
Electronic tracking and tracing of ingredients is also becoming important in the pharmaceutical industry, as part of measures to tackle counterfeit medicines.
Last month the US Food and Drug Administration said it would enforce tracing regulations, urging pharmaceutical firms to adopt radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to document drug products’ passage through the supply chain.
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