(PRWEB) January 26, 2006 -- These requirements are mandated by the FDA through the Bioterrorism Act of 2002, as well as the EU Directive 2002/991EC and Directive 91/493/ECC, and apply to all facilities wherever food commodities and fish/shellfish are received, cleaned, stored, blended, processed, and reshipped, and all associated records.
Operations that receive raw agricultural commodities, and manufacture and pack them for sale as fresh food products, are also required to comply with these laws. Even the delivery truck and its drivers have to be recorded. These food handlers will have to keep records of all fish/shellfish received, stored, and shipped which is required to help prevent natural or terrorist contamination.
The wild and farm-raised fish/shellfish recordkeeping process must be in place by June 2006 for US operations that have 11 or more employees. After this date, all records must be available to the FDA as soon as possible, and no longer than 24 hours after a request is made if contamination is tracked to a fish/shellfish handling operation.
ScoringAg provides all necessary records for both the FDA and EU rules for precise location records (PIDC code) of the product with traceability and/or traceback, which is available in just seconds. The records requested by the FDA may be related to the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, receipt, holding, or importation of articles of food that are maintained by, or on behalf of, an entity subject to the recordkeeping regulation, and at any location.
ScoringAg's Point-to-Point Traceback™ system using PIDC location codes keeps the catch ID and/or RFID number from the catch site through the processing stage or storage, to the transporter's log through every processing stage, from the fishermen's net to the table, all for just pennies per record. Each fish/shellfish label can carry an SSI-EID number and/or barcode corresponding to that particular item's total history of food handlers and its hygiene quality for the new EU Food Controls Regulation 882/2004.
ScoringAg.com and its traceback and traceup system for agriculture products, featuring Site-Specific Recordkeeping™ and PIDC location codes, is one of the many divisions of ScoringSystem, Inc. Located in Sarasota, Florida USA, the company specializes in providing solutions with mobile data, via wireless PDAs, laptops, and Semacode-programmed Nokia, Siemens, and Sony Ericsson cell phones. With the use of RFID and barcodes for traceup and traceback of livestock and crops, produce, fish/shellfish or tracking transport containers or perishable meats and other food consumer goods. www.ScoringAg.com makes managing data easier - and does it in an extremely cost effective manner from "Field-to-Fork."
The IDTechEx conference Food Traceability 2006, held on February 1-2 2006 in Dallas, USA, was a great success with attendance from 13 countries. There was a consensus that track, trace and identify are merging as both sciences and needs. Requirements and executions before and after the farm gate are also becoming seamless. These barriers are rapidly breaking down. New sources of data such as RFID, 2D barcodes and widespread DNA analysis are creating a challenge in the sheer volume of data generated. www.trackingfood.com
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