With more than 20 implementation documents published, most working groups associated with the Produce Traceability Initiative have finished their work.

The industry initiative announced in late 2007 by the Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh Produce Association and Canadian Produce Marketing Association, featured working groups focusing on technology, communications, industry associations and other facets of PTI. GS1 US also joined the three associations as a PTI sponsor.

Angela Fernandez, vice president of GS1 US, Lawrenceville, N.J., said PTI working groups have accomplished much in the last two years, with more than 200 companies participating in the initiative.

With the last of the PTI deadlines passed, only the buyer working group remains active, working to resolve remaining implementation issues, notably relating to the merits of the hybrid pallet tag and the advance shipping notice.

PTI buyer group work continuesEd Treacy, vice president of supply chain efficiencies at PMA, said the initial meeting of the 15-member buyer working group (11 buyers and 4 representatives from sponsoring groups) was in January, with Teri Miller of Delhaize America as co-chairman with Treacy. The next meeting for the group is Feb. 12.

"We have agreed to work on the development of a best practices document on the use of the Hybrid Pallet Label by receivers," he said.

The group will meet monthly via conference calls to decide on additional best practices.