Food Safety Modernization Act vs. PTI
There is some confusion between the Food Safety Modernization Act, passed by Congress in 2011, and the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). The FSMA does require retailers to trace the products they buy, with the specific intention of containing food-borne illnesses. An effective recall plan will include:
- The ability to trace produce throughout the supply chain.
- The ability to take action within 24 hours of a recall.
- A plan – and the ability – to contact customers, retailers and consumers.
- An appropriate strategy and implementation plan to remove recalled product from the market.
- A process to destroy and/or manage the recalled produce according to FDA guidelines.
- Accurate, accessible records of the above activities.
While the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) is an act passed by Congress, the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is a voluntary effort to help maximize the effectiveness of current track and trace procedures while concurrently developing a standardized industry approach to enhance the speed of traceability systems.
The bottom line for companies within the produce industry is you must have a recall plan and the ability to trace your product forward and backward. You are not “required” to follow the guidelines of the PTI.
Quick Access to Traceability Records
The immediate heart of the matter with the FSMA is quick and accurate access to lot traceability records. There are a number of solutions on the market, ranging from “in the cloud” records, which allow any who subscribe to the service to access lot number records, to time-consuming hand-written and excel spreadsheet lists.
Dynamic Systems has developed a solution that not only provides the detailed lot traceability records required, but brings to the users vast amounts of real-time information about their products and inventory as well as printing PTI compliant barcode labels quickly and easily. FDA inspectors and QC consultants are among the fans of the SIMBA™ system.
The system tracks lots by carton, including any commingled lots, using a unique touchscreen data entry system. To learn more about SIMBA, go to http://dynamic-systemsinc.com/software/produce/
Touchscreen Computer That You Can Wash Down!
Dynamic Systems recently announced a partnership with Teguar Corporation, manufacturer of touchscreen data entry terminals and computers that are sealed for environments such as found in the food industry.
There are two versions of the product, one whose face is sealed from water incursion, and one that is enclosed in stainless steel and is sealed from all sides. The equipment can be mounted on a stand, on the wall or on a table or cart.
While the reputation of “wash-down” electronics is that they are cost-prohibitive for the average company, Teguar’s prices are surprisingly reasonable. To learn more, request information from firstname.lastname@example.org.