Glass fragments in water, bacteria in milk, pieces of plastic in minced meat: In 2016, about 50 percent more food recalls were performed than in 2015 in Germany alone. The situation is similar at an international level. If there is a threat of a recall, companies must know exactly to whom they have delivered which product. 5 steps on how you can bring seamless transparency into your supply chain.
1.Define targetsOnly a good traceability concept with clearly defined targets leads to success. First, determine the actual situation in your company, identify weak spots and determine what you want to - or even have to - achieve with traceability. Do you need more food safety, faster recalls or marketing objectives? Which quality standards are of particular relevance for you? Are there new laws or regulations that you have to comply with? The individual requirements and desires of companies differ greatly in this respect: A Swiss cheese producer is subject to entirely different legal framework conditions than an American meat producer. A recall action in Germany has to be completed faster than in other countries. On top of this are new developments driven by trade or consumers, such as new quality seals. All of this has to be planned strategically and conceptually. It is therefore sensible to create a mixed project team consisting of various competences and operative knowledge. A conceivable mixture could be staff from IT, production departments and Quality Assurance as well as members from management. In this phase, it is also very important that your software partner is already on board.