Session: Interoperability Leads to Traceability
A fishery knows what it caught. A processor knows what it receives and dispatches. A farmer provider knows what he is harvesting from his shrimp pond. And a retail store knows what inventory it’s holding. But the information is largely siloed within each supply chain player’s organization, making it hard to follow the custody of every item across its lifecycle. The lifecycle journey - from fin to plate is, for the vast majority of goods, a black hole of insight. In order, to create true farm to fork traceability each stakeholder must share their data with other stakeholders in the supply chain.
- It is estimate that processed food in the United States travels over 1,300 miles, and fresh produce travels over 1,500 miles, before being consumed.
- CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.
- The average cost of a recall to a food company is $10M in direct costs, which is in addition to brand damage and lost sales.
- 52% of all recalls cost over $10M and 23% cost over $30M - Grocery Manufactures Association
- Traceability is required by most governments. US has FSMA, Canada has SFCR, EU has CODEX, etc. It is time for the industry to change and for the consumer to demand it.
My background is in Government Contracting, Project Management and Consulting. However, for the past 7 years I have been immersed in the world of food safety and traceability. I am one of the founding members of OpsSmart Global, a SaaS Traceability & Food Safety Company. Our software allows organizations to meet regulatory requirements, manage recalls, expedite trade documentations, improve supply chain efficiency and connect with consumers to drive demand.