Archive for food safety

Food Safety Compliance & Inspections: What Shippers Need to Know

Sanitary Transport of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) Rules, of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, are subject to much confusion and faulty interpretation, resulting in inspection delays, unnecessary fees, and supply chain disruptions.

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Guest Commentary: Three Things the Next President Needs to Know about Logistics

The Presidential election is looming, and even though the topic of infrastructure occasionally gets a brief mention, specifics are usually absent. Here are the three top challenges facing the logistics industry that the next president needs to understand in order to keep America competitive. Supply disruptions: The cost of oil, raw materials and many household items continues to climb. Unstable economies and political situations around the world affect us, such as the jump in oil […]

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Guest Commentary: Is Your Traceability Solution Sophisticated Enough for Today’s Complex Food Supply Chains?

The complexity of our food supply chain has increased exponentially over the past decade as evidenced by the enactment of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in early 2011 and a list of recent food recalls. Three of a dozen or so recalled items in the last six weeks were from India, Vietnam and The Philippines (two kinds of fish and apricots). According to the FDA, an estimated 15 percent of our domestic food supply […]

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The Farm-to-Fork Supply Chain

When it comes to following supply chain processes and technologies, the supply chain that extends from a food manufacturer’s factory to retail stores has always gotten a disproportionate share of attention. This is natural because large food & beverage and consumer goods companies were the first to use warehouse and transportation management systems, are heavy users of advanced supply chain planning applications, and are leading the way toward demand-driven supply chains based on the use […]

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Thoughts on Food Safety and Supply Chain Management

According to a recent ARC report, “Food Safety: Are We Getting Better or Worse?” (available to ARC clients only), statistics show that the number of food-borne illnesses and their severity have remained relatively constant over the years. “In the US, this translates into 76 million gastrointestinal illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, 5,000 deaths, and billions of dollars in costs.” Despite scientific and technological advancements in so many areas, we’re really not improving the safety of our food […]

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Barcodes Come to the Farm

Barcoding has become ubiquitous in supply chains that start at a manufacturing facility and end at a business or retail customer. Voluntary and regulatory initiatives are now extending barcoding further up the supply chain, to farms that grow fresh fruits and vegetables. The purpose of these initiatives is to support the reverse supply chain—i.e., recalls and traceability. But once farmers start using barcodes, they will likely find other productive uses for the technology and its […]

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