Logicsoft offers ready-to-deploy as well as customized turnkey solutions for the Product Traceability business needs through a range of services including Business Consulting, Technology Consulting, Process Implementation, Applications Development and Support Services.
Codex Alimentarius Commission defines ‘Traceability’ as “the ability to follow the movement of a food through specified stage(s) of production, processing and distribution.Traceability should provide a verifiable documentation for an effective food control system and should aim at limiting the discontinuity of the information through the food supply chain. In practice the term traceability stands for a system of record keeping and documentation by operators that enables tracking of the movement of a product or ingredient through the food chain.
Produce traceability is an important link in protecting public health since it allows health agencies to more quickly and accurately identify the source of contaminated fruit or vegetables believed to be the cause of an outbreak of food borne illness, remove them from the marketplace, and communicate to the supply chain. Since many fruits and vegetables are eaten raw, the produce industry‚ from farmer to retailer, works diligently to protect these foods from contamination. Despite their best efforts, foreign matter can occasionally contaminate produce in the field or orchard, in packing or processing, in transit or storage.
Another major reason why this is such a critical point is due to instances where an issue of contamination arises, and a recall is required. Where traceability has been closely adhered to, it is possible to identify, by precise date/time & exact location which goods must be recalled, and which are safe, potentially saving lots of money in the recall process.
Traceability within the food processing industry is also utilized to identify key high production & quality areas of a business, versus those of low return, and where points in the production process may be improved.
The challenge for traceability in India is largely due to the plethora of and varying nature of stakeholders in the supply chain, namely
The ManageTrace is an internet based traceability software system, custom hosted for each customer, either at his servers or at Logicsoft’s own servers, with the following salient features:
Logicsoft started building customized, web-based certification and traceability systems for Government of India organizations from 2006 onwards with Grapenet for Agriculture & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
Grapenet integrates all stakeholders in the supply chain of fresh grapes exported from India to European Union, namely Farmers, Pack houses, Exporters, Government Certifying Agencies, National Referral Laboratory and the nodal agency APEDA. Grapenet has been a great success, with a consignment to farm traceability established for all exports of fresh grapes from India to European Union; It has helped to introduce and implement global standards in the areas of pesticide residue monitoring, grading, product and company identification. It has also resulted in better revenue realization for farmers and exporters. Grapenet has been duly recognized by Government of India with a National eGovernance Award & by UN/AFACT with eAsia Award.
Similar successes have been achieved in Organic Products (Tracenet, eAsia Award Winner in 2011), Peanut Products (Peanut.net), Buffalo Meat Products (Meat.net). Currently Hortinet is being implemented to cover all fresh fruit and vegetable exported from India.