Jim Corby, Delhaize America Vice President of Produce Category Management
Teri Miller, Delhaize America Produce Category Manager
TK: Locking the caps key for the word "EXPECTATION" is a signal that at least one retailer means to hold suppliers to the PTI milestone time line. It is likely that Delhaize is the exception rather than the rule, which is one reason that grower-shipper PTI compliance is believed to be in the 10% to 19% range rather than "over 40%."
The long delay in any word from the FDA on their traceability "expectations"' isn't helping PTI compliance either. And of course, retailers will find it no easy task to implement PTI themselves; few have taken all the steps necessary for PTI compliance.
In the category of "no good deed goes unpunished," Mexican authorities apparently rejected some shipments of California stone fruit because of the presence of the PTI label. While the issue has apparently been addressed and resolved in recent weeks, thousands of cartons of fruit were turned away earlier this summer because Mexico had some objection to the PTI label.
Darned if you do and darned if you don't, to put a softer point to it.