Supply Chain Traceability is Going Digital

(Webinar Length:  1hr 28min)


RFID, bar code, satellite, Zigbee, cell phones, tablets, packaging, data loggers, the cloud and other traceability alternatives are now available to provide traceability at the item, case, pallet and container levels. Many of these new systems bring with them the ability to collect location (GPS) and condition (temperature, humidity) data and transmit data via the Internet to “the cloud”. The power of these traceability technologies to provide predictive and preventive analytics is critical to food safety.

New FSMA planning requirements in the food sector require recall planning and recall testing in all sectors of the food supply chain. Recall requires traceability data that tells what food is in the stream, where it is located and recall systems must be able to provide such information in real time. Reducing recall time means reducing illness, the loss of life and damage to the industry’s reputation.

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is poised to enact new laws impacting most food industry operations. Industry leaders are adopting digital traceability strategies at a rapid pace despite the fact that FDA has been reluctant to provide guidance in this area while it is one of the most critical aspects of food control.

Why You Should Attend:

Under the FDA and the FSMA, you will be required to provide documented proof of sanitation, temperature and other types of food safety controls. In this session, you will learn how to tie those data requirements and other food safety information to your traceability system and to work with your supply chain to provide effective implementation.
This digital traceability session will cover the nature and advantages of supply chain digital traceability and many of the concepts as well as the current and future hardware and software technological innovations.


  • FSMA and the Institute of Food Technologists
  • Traceability & Data Standardization
  • Analytics
  • Real-time
  • One Up and One Back is Dead
  • The produce traceability initiative (PTI)
  • Cool Pak
  • Data In the Cloud vs Data Privately Held
  • Linking Traceability to Food Safety and Recall Data
  • Item, Case, Pallet and Container Level Traceability
  • Identity, Temperature, Location, Inventory and Maintenance Data
  • Bar Code, Wireless, RFID, Cell Phone, Satellite
  • Battery Life
  • The Cost Issues

What you will learn:

  • Understand how the digital world will save your company money
  • Meet proposed rule data and documentation requirements
  • Learn about new temperature monitoring and sanitation procedures and products
    Learn which testing strategies might be best for your business
  • Relieve your workforce of paperwork and documentation
  • Understand how traceability can improve your inventory control and accuracy
  • Learn which system is the best for your application
  • Understand how sensor technology enables new measurement and monitoring

Who should attend:

  • Grower/Shipper Management
  • Food carriers and logistics specialists
  • Distributors, freight forwarders and warehouse personnel
  • Drivers
  • Storage managers
  • Food Safety and Quality Personnel
  • Company IT and traceability system specialists

Presenter – Dr. John Ryan:

Dr. Ryan is the President of and holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods. He has recently retired from his position as the administrator for the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture’s Quality Assurance Division where he headed up Hawaii’s commodity inspection, food safety certification and measurement standards service groups. His latest book published is “Guide to Food Safety During Transportation: Controls, Standards and Practices” is now offered by Elsevier Press. Dr. Ryan’s Company tests new cold chain technologies and certifies food and drug transporters to TransCert standards. For more than 25 years, he has implemented quality control systems for international corporations in the United States and around the world.

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Price $289.00