The readiness and ability of distribution centers to receive produce cases with GS1-128 barcodes encoded with standardized product identification and batch/lot numbers should be the focus of the Produce Traceability Initiative in 2015.

PTI Leadership Council members, representing 32 produce companies, agreed on that goal in a meeting in conjunction with the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim,, Calif., according to a news release from the council organizers.

“We had a very engaged and energizing discussion about where the industry needs to direct its attention in the coming year in terms of PTI,” Doug Grant, co-chair of the PTI Leadership Council and executive vice-president and chief operations officer of The Oppenheimer Group, said in the release. “Several supply side companies talked about the positive results of mock recalls they have conducted utilizing PTI labels and best practices.”

The council said continued sharing of lessons learned in buyer community implementation of PTI is necessary in preparation for proposed rules for traceability under the Food Safety Modernization Act. One outcome of the meeting was that two major retailers have made an offer to conduct an evaluation and process review on the use of Electronic Data Interchange transactions that would support traceability processes, according to the release.