A major problem the industry faces is that current traceability solutions are non-existent, inconsistent, proprietary, incomplete, too cumbersome, manually intensive or just plain slow, said Gary Fleming, vice president, strategic services for RedLine and a lead architect of the PTI.
The longer it takes FDA to find the source of an outbreak, the longer the product is out of commerce, he said. And the more people get sick.
Sometimes, the product in question has made its way out of the supply chain before a source is determined.
“That hurts our industry,” Fleming said.
A standardized whole-chain traceability process ensures consistency, completeness, timeliness and accuracy, he said.
RedLine, established in 1997, provides traceability solutions that include RedLine Cooler, RedLine Field, RedLine Packing and PTI Lite, Baggett said.
“What makes these solutions unique is their ability to integrate or act as standalone solutions, depending on an operation’s needs,” he said.
The seminar ended with a demonstration of the company’s intuitive technology that Baggett said is specifically designed for workers that have little prior technology experience.
Plans are being finalized for additional seminars later this year.