Traceability is the the practice of maintaining thorough records on the origins and whereabouts of products and raw materials.

It is achieved by scanning printed barcodes, direct part marks (DPMs) or radio frequency identification (RFID) tags throughout the production process and the supply chain. From raw materials supplier to production line to supermarket to customer, the creation and distribution of a particular food item should be as transparent as possible. Food and beverage manufacturers benefit from traceability protocols that can significantly reduce the cost of a recall by isolating tainted items and making it unnecessary to pull large amounts of non-tainted product off the shelves.

The FDA proposed section 204 of the food safety modernization act (FSMA) rule for additional traceability requirements will further escalate the need for using automation technologies that help enable compliance to these new regulations. the white paper below discusses several key trends, challenges and strategies pertaining to traceability that food and beverage manufacturers are experiencing today. the traceability solutions brochure provides an overview of the technologies available to implement or enhance track and trace programs. the core product catalog will help to identify specific products for your application.

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