Produce Traceability Initiative Issues Call to Action; Steve Roosdahl and Tim York Comment
UNITED STATES - A call to action has been issued by the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) Leadership Council Co-Chairs, asking industry experts to join a working group to support industry compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 204 Traceability Rule.
“There is an urgent need for industry experts in traceability to unite to lead produce compliance with FSMA 204,” noted Steve Roosdahl, PTI Leadership Council Co-Chair.
Companies that are compliant with PTI are well-positioned for compliance with the newly released US FDA FSMA 204 Rule, a release explained, However, there is a need to review existing guidance documents, and potentially create new guidance to support enhanced alignment.
During recent PTI meetings, five areas of focus were identified, including:
- GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLN)/Traceability Lot Code Source
- Packer data capture and storage
- Store/restaurant best practices, including DSD (Direct Store Delivery) Guidance
- PTI-ASN Guidance update
- How to capture lot code information (lot number, lot code source) at shipping
PTI’s recent working group efforts were concentrated on enhancing traceability through technology, but the release of FSMA 204 Rule requires PTI participants to shift focus and address compliance efforts.
Earlier PTI efforts in areas such as 2-D barcodes, RFID, and more, will now be shelved to allow members of those working groups, and additional industry participants, to focus on the more pressing needs.
“Since its creation, PTI has prioritized supporting industry in traceability implementation—the release of FSMA 204 has amplified that focus,” added Tim York, Co-Chair.
Those interested in joining the group should contact Ed Treacy of the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) by clicking here.
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