Improve Your Business this December!

Is Your Operation SFCR Ready?…

cfia chronicle 360 logoRead the November 2019 CFIA Chronicle 360 article, “New Requirements for Businesses in the Fresh Fruits or Vegetables Sector“. It’s a short read, extremely well-written, and very informative.

Watch the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) video, “Safe Food for Canadians Regulations for the Fresh Fruits or Vegetables (FFV) Sector” published November 6, 2019. Scroll down to find links to specific sections and a very helpful and complete transcript.

Notes:

  • The video was published prior to CFIA’s decision to defer enforcement of the lot code requirement for consumer prepackaged produce. Although the regulation does come into force January 15, 2020, CFIA has confirmed they will take no enforcement action until January 15, 2021 to allow packaging inventories to be depleted.
  • The video abruptly ends at 42:08 cutting off the last few words, “Subscribing to the CFIA Chronicle”. (We hope that solves the mystery)

 

3rd Party Software We Use at WaudWare and Recommend…

December’s featured 3rd Party Software is WinRAR
By F. Charles, President of WaudWare Incorporated

WinRAR is a trialware file archiver utility for Windows. It can create and view archives in RAR or ZIP file formats, and unpack numerous archive file formats. At WaudWare, we know the RAR Files produced are smaller than Zip files, and it has many features, which we find fast and handy.

 

Food Safety Tech: Data Is Key to Supply Chain Traceability…

“Taking full advantage of traceability technology in the food and beverage supply chain requires solid data mining and management, John McPherson writes. “Being able to gather rich, actionable data is the key to the future,” he writes, adding, “Industry leaders that recognize this and act decisively will gain a competitive advantage.”

The article includes an informative answer to the question, “How to Achieve End-to-End Traceability” – Digitize Your Supply Chain. We live in a digital world. The modern supply chain is a digitized supply chain. To achieve end-to-end traceability, every stakeholder’s data must be digitized. It doesn’t matter how big your company is—a small operation or a global processor—if your data isn’t digitized, your supply chain will never reach peak performance. Continue reading End to End Supply Chain Traceability Starts with High Quality Data

 

Blockchain News…

Blockchain Offers Transparency in the Food Chain

“Of all the many emerging blockchain use cases for enterprises, supply chain track and trace is a hot topic. The idea that food especially can be safely and securely traced from farm to table is something that benefits many players in the production sector.” Continue to the Forbes article by Darryn Pollock.

 

No More Generic UPCs Will Be Issued…

Source: The Grower – November 19, 2019

As of December 31st, 2019, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Produce Marketing Association (PMA) will no longer issue new generic Universal Product Codes (UPCs.)  Instead, both organizations will support the industry in adopting brand owner (company-specific) UPCs for North American produce. The decision to end the issuing of generic UPCs is at the direction and influence of the industry, including the PMA Produce ID committee and the Romaine Task Force. Read the article…