Asset Visibility: Changing Regulatory Landscape Driving Adoption of IoT Solutions in the Food and Grocery Verticals

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By Abdullah Haider | 2Q 2022 | IN-6531

 

Regulations Having a Transformative Impact on Food and Grocery Supply Chains

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The U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA), and the European Union’s (EU) General Food Law have laid the foundation for traceability throughout the supply chain. The regulations do differ in scope, timeline, and record-keeping requirements. Traceability is generally defined as the process of maintaining records “one step forward and one step backward,” meaning who was the supplier of the food, and who was the recipient of the food. Typically, traceability is enforced in food supply chains through use of lot codes (also known as batch codes), which ensures that food products can be traced and recalled locally, rather than nationwide. In the case of the EU’s General Food Law, minimum traceability requirements require a “one step forward and one step backward” system, i.e., the record keeping is mandatory only for who the supplier was and who the buyer is and does not legally require batch code record-keeping. If companies do not keep batch codes, then they…

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