There are those within the Food Industry (especially tracking system providers) who will tell you “you must comply with PTI!” The Produce Traceability Initiative is an industry-designed voluntary program that is designed to maximize the effectiveness of track and trace procedures. The reality is that you MAY have to comply with PTI and that there are several reasons that you may WANT to comply.
The consequences of non-compliance range from rejection of a shipment by a larger retail customer like Walmart to the high costs of failure to follow recall regulations. Costs that may include potential litigation, lost sales, lost profits, etc. If your major customers are requiring (or strongly requesting) that you meet PTI regulations for labeling and storing information about cases shipped to them, they will in compel you to implement a system.
An effective traceability system does not have to be expensive or complex, and the use of an automated track and trace system can increase the productivity of your entire operation by 20-30%. A system like SIMBA from Dynamic Systems will provide vast amounts of information in real-time that will help run the business (up-to-the-minute production details; real-time inventory totals; shipment verification, and more), as well as print labels and record information that comply with PTI and the Food Safety Modernization Act’s traceability requirements.
In the end you have a business to run, so look at all of the implications of PTI and make an informed decision as to how and when to implement the steps of the initiative.