Coming on or going off track? PTI compliance by grower shippers

09/18/2012 11:47:00 AM
Tom Karst

National Editor Tom KarstBefore we get to the question of retail compliance, what is the grower/shipper compliance with the Produce Traceability Initiative?

I asked that question of the Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group recently, and I would like readers to weigh in. Here is the question:


What do you estimate the level of compliance with PTI in the grower shipper community?


In limited voting so far, the answer "10% to 19%" has received 50% of the vote, with "20% to 29%" at 33% and "40% or higher" at 16%.

It is interesting to note that on the PTI Web site, there are several letters from retailers to their suppliers about PTI compliance and follow-through.

The most recent example is from Delhaize America's Jim Corby and Terri Miller.

From the letter:

August 13, 2012

Dear Valued Supplier,

We at Delhaize America support the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) Action Plan and have followed the individual timelines and milestones part of this plan. We ARE currently reading the hybrid pallet labels and GTIN case labels in our Distribution Center located in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is our EXPECTATION that all of our suppliers be compliant with milestones 1 to 5 in order to facilitate Delhaize America achieving milestone #6 by September 30, 2012, which is stated as:

MILESTONE #6: Read and store information on INBOUND cases
Each subsequent handler of the CASE must have the systems and capability to read and store the GTIN and Lot # from each case of produce received. (See Best Practices on Pallet Labeling at

To be clear in our expectation, you must provide the following:

- All cases and cartons shipped to the Delhaize America Salisbury, North Carolina Distribution Center must have a PTI compliant case label or direct print equivalent.

- All pallets shipped to the Delhaize America Salisbury, North Carolina Distribution Center must have a PTI compliant hybrid pallet label.

- The GTIN number for each item that you deliver to the Salisbury Distribution Center. Specifically, we will provide a spreadsheet of your items with our item number. You will confirm and/or update the spreadsheet with your GTIN number.

- Certification that each the GTIN barcodes are accurate

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