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Some people view traceability as a component of their recall program; however, others including regulators view traceability much differently as food safety issues unfold. This free webinar will provide participants with an overview of key components of a recall program and the key elements of the action once a recall takes place. Participants will also be walked through key traceability concepts and be briefed on how regulations will impact future traceability requirements.
For several years now, Hank Giclas, Western Growers senior vice president of science, technology and strategic planning, has had a vision for a web-based platform that could help growers accumulate, store and regurgitate the data they need to provide to both government officials and the buyer community about the products they grow and ship.
The product traceability pilot projects required by the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act have been completed and, not surprisingly, the overarching finding is that the current traceability systems that are typically being used today make it “very challenging” for the Food and Drug Administration to conduct a successful investigation following a food-borne illness outbreak.
As a result of the traceback pilot projects authorized by the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Institute of Food Technologists, which conducted the projects, formally listed 10 recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration. The recommendations are as follows:
As the 2013 berry season begins, the team at California Giant is focused squarely on continuing its leadership in food safety. The Operations and Food Safety staff members are working to further enhance programs already in place while adding new elements to benefit everyone through the supply chain from the field to the consumer.