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Supply Chain Vulnerabilities – a Pro-Active vs. Re-Active Approach

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Brian Sharp
Brian Sharp

Responsibilities along supply chain iStock_000000723123SmallThere have been a lot of articles recently about how difficult it’s going to become to track and trace contaminated products as the global food supply chain becomes more and more complex. One article mentioned a food preparation that had ingredients from 53 countries!  While it will always be necessary to track/trace product the goal should be to eliminate as much of that need as possible. Track/trace is re-active: Product has already gone out; time, inventory and dollars have already been spent; now it’s just a race to get product back before people become ill.

The goal should therefore be to be pro-active – closing the vulnerabilities in your food supply chain to keep non-compliant ingredients/raw materials from coming in – and non-compliant finished goods from going out.  This is the principle behind emerging preventative food safety & quality assurance technologies like Food Safety Chain Management – the ability to make it easier to enforce regulatory, non-regulatory and customer-driven compliance specs amongst all participants your supply chain.

Barbara Levin, co-founder of SafetyChain Software was very excited to be interviewed recently by Rick Biros, founder of Food Safety Tech, on the concept, benefits and ROI associated with Safety Chain Management.  Watch the video here.