The food supply chain has become increasingly complicated and much longer, with supply chains for some products consisting of more than one hundred links. In the fresh produce industry in particular, products are transported thousands of miles to meet consumer needs. Unfortunately, the method for tracking supply chain events has historically been pen and paper, resulting in data that is often recorded improperly or simply does not follow the product. An effective solution to this dearth of information is a chain of custody which identifies the origin of a product, everyone who has touched a product, every place the product has been, and all associated records, captured in a way that allows for easy retrieval.
In the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, most people prioritize consuming food that is nutrient dense and free from ingredients which are likely to cause poor outcomes such as weight gain. However, few people understand the link between health and food safety. When unsafe food is consumed, nutritional deficiencies occur, causing disease and mental illness, and hampering growth and development. According to the World Health Organization, more than two hundred diseases are caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and chemicals found in contaminated foods, including cancers. Infants, Children, the elderly, and the infirm suffer the most adverse effects from foodborne contaminants.
Looking for better ways to track and monitor your shipments? Come and meet with DeltaTrak at Fruit Logistica 2022 in Hall 23, Stand A-11 April 5-7 in Berlin. DeltaTrak will be introducing new real-time loggers and enhancements to the FlashTrak cold chain solution.
As the supply chain faces ongoing challenges and potentially additional supply chain shocks, it is more important than ever to monitor and track your shipments through the supply chain. To better assist decision-makers in navigating through the rough seas brought on by the disruptive supply chain situation, DeltaTrak is now offering FlashTrak Maritime Service. This new service provides importers and exporters with shipment location visibility while at sea.
Designated as a “global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, International Women’s Day marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.” Throughout the month of March (Women’s History Month), DeltaTrak will celebrate women from some of the businesses we are happy to support. We’ll be talking with women who function in diverse roles and have profound insights to share.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) currently requires businesses that process, pack or hold foods to maintain records for foods included on the FDA’s Food Traceability List. Recently, the FDA proposed additional traceability recordkeeping requirements. The proposed requirements are designed to help the FDA better identify recipients of those listed foods to prevent or mitigate foodborne illness outbreaks and address credible threats of serious adverse health consequences or death.
With Black History Month in full swing, now is an opportune time to take a look at how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), is supported and advanced within the food industry. The food industry touches everyone, every day, so the interests of all stakeholders must be recognized. Consumers in minority communities want to know that people who look like them are among the leadership ranks, advocating for their needs and desires. And leaders should be representative of the communities they serve to ensure the appropriate insights are considered.
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