Food Safety and Traceability: Business Updates

03/22/2012 12:04:00 PM
Coral Beach

 

PMA offers members FSMA updates, details

In anticipation of the Food and Drug Administration’s produce safety rule, the Produce Marketing Association has taken steps to ensure its members have the most current information and the opportunity to discuss it with their peers.

The Newark, Del.-based association now has three methods to keep members informed:

 

RedLine seeks small growers for test

Growers with smaller operations have the opportunity to help RedLine Solutions test a new traceability product designed specifically for them.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company plans to launch PTI Lite this spring, but an advance version is available for growers interested in helping make sure it is functioning at optimum levels.

Based on requirements of the Produce Traceability Initiative, the PTI Lite product is expected to cost less than $5,000 for the basic setup, which includes a bar code printer, cabling and software with a variety of templates for case and hybrid pallet labels.

The system also manages records required for traceability, but it is not an inventory tracking program.

Todd Baggett, chief executive officer for RedLine, said the main difference between PTI Lite and RedLine’s traceability products for larger companies is that it is designed to run on one personal computer with a printer. It is for post-packaging labeling and designed for operations that pack up to 2,500 cases a day.

To apply to be an “early adopter,” visit the company’s website at www.redlinesolutions.com.



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