No one wants to distribute a dangerous or defective product, but with modern food manufacturing occurring on such a large scale, mistakes are easily made. Unfortunately, even a small mistake can affect millions of consumers. Paragon’s award winning Food Traceability system can track food items from cradle to grave, keeping your company compliant.
With the release of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011, the FDA mandated that businesses not only recall all unsafe foods, but must avoid causing contamination in the first place during production or shipment. Unfortunately, when so many growers, distributors, and manufacturers share their foods in a global market, preventing and managing recalls is a complicated process. Each company is required to know which products are faulty, which lots they came from, where the foods were shipped and where they are being sold. Businesses using non-automated methods of recall often waste more than necessary, or fail to react fast enough to prevent illness.
According to statistics, integrating data collection software into food production and manufacturing protocols can help solve this problem, decreasing the negative financial and public-opinion backlash from spoiled produce. By performing a recall quickly and efficiently, a company can reduce the costs associated with lost product and production time, as well as minimize damage to its reputation.
The system you choose to record, track, and operate your supply chain is vital to recall management. Thanks to Paragon’s innovative Food Traceability Solution, businesses of any size can afford to invest in an automated tracking system.
Blueberries and the Barcode: How One Farm Grew with Paragon
Food traceability is about more than compliance with government regulations: it’s also about building customer relationships and fostering consumer trust. People want to know what they’re eating, where it came from, and how it was grown.
Edward Bocock, owner of New Day Blueberry Farm, implemented Paragon’s Food Traceability Solution to manage his crop and provide better service to his customers.
“Our farm is family owned, but the area we provide to has grown exponentially over the years. Our berries are shipped all over the world- New Jersey, California, even Japan. It all depends on the order,” Ed explains. With more than one million pounds of blueberries shipped globally per year, the Bococks rely on a regimented system to track their fruits from the day they were picked to their final delivery at the grocery store.
Using handheld scanners, employees capture the unique barcode on their I.D. badges and print a corresponding barcoded label. This label is applied to the berries they pick, keeping tabs on the field number, the date of harvest, the harvester, and their daily yield. Even after the produce leaves the farm, the Bococks can track their blueberries throughout the shipment process thanks to their specialized labels.
So why does Ed trust Paragon to keep his farm running?
Paragon’s knowledgeable staff have exceeded our company’s expectations in every respect by providing first-class technical support, money-saving solutions and reliable products, time after time.
They are one of the most wonderful companies to work with. Always professional and willing to do whatever they can to make the SafeBaby Solution easy to implement. I was especially impressed during implementation when the team would adjust programming on the fly to suit our needs…..They are always looking at the program and talking to the people that are actually using it to make improvements. Recently, we had a baby with a wrong sticker and SafeBaby® caught it. But not only does it catch misfeeds on a regular basis, it also warns of expired milk. That is where we see a lot of benefit from the system.
In February 2015, I was given the task of bringing our company into compliance with the new GHS (Globally Harmonized System) standards by the June 1st deadline. I began working with Paragon and within a short time was up and running with the best printers and label stock in the industry. The Epson GP-C831 and TM-3500 are perfect for our applications and the Kimdura label stock is flawless. Paragon, and in particular sales executive Jim Unger, is second to none in providing valued support in a timely manner which is just a phone call away! I strongly recommend Paragon to anyone in my field.
We have been using Paragon DSI for many years. The products are price competitive and the service is fantastic. As a manufacturing company, Paragon has been very helpful in supplying needed parts to our facility in time critical situations. We are most appreciative of the service Paragon supplies.
It’s beneficial to use the Traceability program in our harvesting process. It tells us when the berries were picked and who picked them, and logs the data automatically into our records. If we ever needed to run traceability application, we can show the exact plants the fruits came from. Customers appreciate the transparency, and I appreciate the peace of mind.