(Sept. 15) Featuring a lineup of speakers from North America, South Africa, Europe and New Zealand, the Global Produce Traceability Conference will be Feb. 7-8, in conjunction with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Feb. 4-7 annual convention and trade show, in Calgary, Alberta.

The conference will include the work done by groups incorporating the best practices work of the CPMA and the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association’s Traceability Task Force, PMA’s Pallet and Case Coding Best Practices and the EAN Fresh Produce Traceability Guidelines.

Jane Proctor, director of industry technology and standardization for CPMA, said Bruce Peterson, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of perishables of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark., is the conference chairman for what will be a global event.

The conference will address how traceability is being addressed on a global basis and the need for uniformity among countries to minimize obstruction of trade.

“It extends to all of those things that have the potential to detain produce,” she said, noting examples such as food security threats or pesticide residue levels.

If the supply chain can precisely define where a shipment of food comes from, the impact of detention and loss can be minimized, she said.