- Identify and talk with your traceability vendors.
Experienced vendors can help you scope out your needs and gain a better understanding as to what the process will mean to your operation in terms of implementation, budget and timing.
- Stay connected to trade associations like the PMA and United Fresh.
Participate in industry events and attend trade shows to help you stay current on food safety and traceability best practices. And, remember to monitor the Produce Traceability Initiative website. As best practices are approved, they will be published and shared via this website.
Food safety regulation will remain a highly visible issue as both retailers and consumers demand more information and strong prevention efforts. Traceability is a critical part of an effective food safety system and is here to stay. Now is the time to move forward with a compliance plan for your operation.
Chris Davis is chief operating officer of RedLine Solutions. CDavis@redlinesolutions.com
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