Barcode is a Traceability Tool
Barcode has been used for identifying inventory and pricing in retail for years. The latest “buzz” for barcode applications is Traceability, a term you will hear more and more. Reasons to institute a Traceability program include:
Safety – the automotive and airline industries track all parts used in their cars and planes using barcode, the pharmaceutical industry tracks lot numbers for drugs, and the produce industry uses barcode labels for the Produce Traceability Initiative.
Quality – manufacturing has been using barcode for quality control for years, tracking parts, serial numbers of finished goods, and calibrating tools.
Sustainability – the seafood industry is focusing on managing the fishing resources to assure sustainability in that food source; the lumber industry regulates the cut and replenishment of timber.
Fraud – many industries, including the seafood industry, use traceability to confirm the origin of products and assure they are labeled properly.
Chain of Custody – the legal and law enforcement communities have long used barcode to track evidence and court files to assure they have not been tampered with.
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Labeling for Traceability
Barcode labels and tags come in many sizes and materials. To determine the proper label for your application, outline these criteria:
Size requirements – how much space do you have to affix a label? It’s possible to barcode small parts and large piles of lumber.
Environment – will the label have to sustain any unique conditions such as wet, extreme cold (even cryogenic), or abrasive environments?
Safety restrictions – do your labels need to have “food safe” adhesives? Are there any industry safety requirements for label marking or color?
Adhesion – can a label be applied to the surface? Is it rough or will it be subjected to heat or cold? Would a tag work better?
IUU Regulations for Seafood
In January 2018, the new IUU regulation for seafood imports goes into effect. It is the responsibility of the importer to report the traceability details to the federal government. This rule applies to a specific list of seafood, and requires that the importer trade the seafood from point of entry into the US back to its point of harvest.
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