A Florida-based food traceability system is preparing to introduce a product designed to help growers and packers identify field-specific information.

ScoringAg system provides site-specific traceback information

ScoringAg Inc., Bradenton, Fla., provides growers and packers of foods of all types site-specific recordkeeping.

The system records information on a product’s movement from field to supermarket and provides automatically created traceback codes that provide unique product identifying records that that move with the product’s handlers, said William Kanitz, president.

Information such as transportation, breaking of pallets or semi-trailer loads of produce distributed to different distribution centers is added to the records throughout the supply chain and remains with the product from planting throughout any processing and commingling, he said.

ScoringAg has been field-testing a recordkeeping program that allows growers to provide a unique identification code for a container from a particular spot in a field.  

The company plans to introduce the program in late April, Kanitz said.

He said the overall system provides common data for effective food safety recordkeeping.

“We get everyone from the field telling me that GS1 does nothing for food safety,” he said. “There is nothing in there for prevention or for HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point). That is a good way to sell a piece of code that is relevant only being a brand indicator. It doesn’t tell you which corner of the field the product came from.”

ScoringAg  is working with groups of shippers such as the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Inc., Antigo, and the Florida Sweet Corn Exchange, Maitland, to try to get all growers using the same common data elements, Kanitz said.

The ScoringAg system is working with producers of other foods and beverages to comply with the new broad traceability requirements, he said.

One of ScoringAg’s clients, a large herb farm, wanted to make sure his products are sold in supermarkets by the sell-by date.

Kanitz said one store sold the herb packs two weeks after it should have been removed from the shelf.

The record, which follows the packs, would show such information as the sell-by date, he said.

Kanitz said one of the ScoringAg’s selling points is that the system provides an inexpensive way to trace product.