Efficient traceability for food distributors is no longer an option, it’s a requirement. As part of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing for every level of the food supply chain to modernize their systems and create a digital, traceable, and safer system. Optimal traceability needs to be your main priority.
Define Efficient Traceability
Traceability involves documenting the production and distribution of food products at every stage of the process. This helps prevent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses and identity contaminated food. An efficient tracing system will help you and your partners take immediate steps to swiftly and efficiently prevent affected food products from endangering consumers.
Incorporate Full Traceability Standards
Most distributors have some form of a food track and trace system, but these can vary from business to business. Some businesses use barcodes, RFID tags, or tracking media to monitor products. Full traceability standards can help streamline these processes and eliminate room for error as food moves through the supply chain. According to the FDA, these standards include the “ability to track any food, feed, food producing animal or substance that will be used for consumption, through stages of production, processing, and distribution.” Using this universal method, your business will be able to identify which products should be recalled more quickly and reduce the overall expenses associated with these recalls.
Communicate with Your Partners
One of the simplest ways food distributors can improve traceability is to revise how they communicate with their partners. Whether it’s a retail business taking in the products or a supplier delivering pallets, clear communication is imperative. Your partners should be fully aware of the systems you use and have the ability to easily look at recalled ingredients or safety alerts. Transparency throughout this process can help all levels of the supply chain ensure they are all working towards providing safe products to consumers.
Implement Tracking Systems and Software
Monitoring your inventory is crucial to the success of your business and the safety of consumers. At Attivo, we understand the importance of having an up-to-date system that helps you protect your products. Our ERP software provides the comprehensive and integrated software tools needed for efficient tracking and tracing. Paired with a variety of other products, we can create an ideal system to serve your business best. If you have questions about ERP software for your food and beverage distribution business, the Attivo Group is here to help ensure your business is working efficiently so that is can continue to grow. Give us a call today and schedule a complimentary analysis and consultation at 877-428-8486 or contact us online.