The Future of Food Part 3: Traceability

The Advantages of True Farm to Fork Tracing – Technology to the Rescue!

2018 saw several large-scale produce-related food safety outbreaks across the USA. Most prominently, an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Arizona led to 96 hospitalizations and 5 deaths.

Food safety legislation, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the U.S, and similarly Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) in the United Kingdom, require companies to provide extensive traceability in their supply chains. This means when a food poisoning incident arises, the problem can be dealt with accurately and successfully. However many participants manage their supply chains using spreadsheets or paper records. So figuring out what information needs to be supplied can be incredibly challenging. The existing traceability process can also be costly and lead to extensive food waste. The concept of “farm-to-fork” tracing relates to the digital traceability of edible products as they move through the food supply chain. 


What is most useful about true form-to-fork tracking, which is provided by Cashmere Systems, is that you can establish a single version of the truth about your company’s activities and transactions, which have occurred across large supply chain systems. It’s accurate and it is precise. Identifying the true source of food contaminants is key to minimizing their repercussions.

The comprehensive ERP system designed by Cashmere has been specifically created to cater to the demands of the food industry and can rapidly isolate problems with pinpoint accuracy, by providing detailed historical data relating to the production and usage of every product in a company’s supply chain.

Implementing an accurate manufacturing system allows food and beverage business to meet their current and future traceability requirements, but also serves to streamline their operations and increase their overall productivity. Safety is mandatory but traceability is also beneficial to customer satisfaction, marketing and peace of mind. Learn more here