With 2012 on the Horizon, N2N Global Chairwoman Angela Paymard Says the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) Is On Track

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Food safety expert Paymard says the initiative is the first step in moving toward true supply chain traceability.

Angela Paymard

The PTI initiative is important because it is the first step in moving toward true supply chain traceability.

With 2012 on the horizon, N2N Global Chairwoman Angela Paymard says the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), sponsored by United Fresh Produce Association, Produce Marketing Association and Canadian Produce Marketing Association, is on track.

Over 50 companies throughout the produce supply chain have endorsed the PTI, an initiative that moves the supply chain to a common standard for electronic produce traceability by the end of 2012. The plan involves adopting a standardized system of case barcoding for all produce sold in the United States, to allow product to be tracked throughout the distribution chain.

The plan will maximize the effectiveness of the industry’s current traceability procedures and assist public officials when they need to quickly trace back a product. Intended to enhance overall supply chain traceability in speed and efficiency, a standardized system could significantly improve the industry’s ability to narrow the impact of potential recalls or similar problems. The PTI is administered by United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA).

As a member of all three of the sponsoring organizations, N2N Global is committed to helping industry members learn about and implement the PTI.

Paymard’s Florida based company provides food traceability solutions, operations compliance, and food safety solutions for food companies, which helps ensure the world’s food supply operates in an efficient and effective manner, resulting in a higher quality of food in the supply chain. Paymard works with restaurants, retailers, distributers, growers, packers and processors around the world.

“The PTI initiative is important because it is the first step in moving toward true supply chain traceability for the produce industry and enhances and maintains the confidence of consumers and government, supports growers, packers and shippers commitment to food safety”, says Paymard. “The exciting news is that so many companies have signed on and we are working to get more by the start of 2012.”

The PTI uses the GS1 standards tracking system, which is the most widely used product identification and supply chain standard in the world.

The U.P.C. found on many consumer products is part of the GS1 System and the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) used with PTI is part of its global standards. Retailers, distributors and many companies in the produce industry already use the GS1 System with their products or their systems are capable of scanning and processing information based on GS1 standards.

The GS1 standards are also used with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) applications such as the Electronic Product Code (EPC); this RFID application uses the same data standards and structures as the barcodes so firms can leverage their investment in the GS1 System.

The foodservice industry also relies upon GS1 standards in its supply chain and foodservice distributors such as Sysco, US Foodservice, FSA and the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) all support the PTI.

About N2N Global
N2N Global’s product suite brings powerful solutions for all members of the food supply chain. For Supply Side companies, N2N Global offers agri-ERP solutions, farm management, food safety, business analytics and traceability software. For direct to consumer and buy side companies, N2N GLOBAL offers food safety, compliance, and asset tracking tools to help ensure the food supply is properly managed for minimized risk. N2N Global provides comprehensive solutions for companies looking for ways to improve efficiencies, enhance profitability, and ensure food safety. To contact Angela Paymard directly, visit her on N2N GLOBAL’s twitter page http://twitter.com/#!/N2NGlobal. For more information, please visit http://www.N2Nglobal.com.

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