Food Traceability Secures Canada’s Food Supply

Canada is serious about protecting its citizens from unsafe foods. The federal government is asking Canadians to offer their insights regarding new regulations about strengthening the safety of the country’s food supply, including foods imported into Canada, sold across the country and prepared for export purposes.

A major aspect of the proposed regulations includes tracking disparate food elements that enter the food system to assess them for health and safety risks, and removing them before they can sicken anyone. Known as “food traceability,” such a system would track each food item from its point of origin to its final destination. Nearly all companies within the food industry, including exporters and importers, will have to comply with traceability requirements.

Do you have the tools in place to accurately track all of your food products through all stages of production, processing, and distribution?

Adding complexity

Tracing the food sub-sets that enter the Canadian food system is a complex endeavour. In both domestic and international food production industries, there are concerns for animal welfare, fair trade practices and authenticity of sourcing, as well as for food safety issues in general.

Each year, an estimated 12 percent of the Canadian population is sickened by a food-borne illness, which leads to thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths. The new “Safe Food for Canadians” Act will consolidate the 14 sets of existing rules into one and will focus on prevention through food safety controls and ensuring traceability of food products through the food supply chains to their source.

Companies can comply using state-of-the-art technology

Companies that work within Canada’s food industry will be required to comply with the new regulations once the Act enters into force. For some food businesses, the complex data management required to trace every food item from origins to table might be a daunting prospect. However, a food supply chain is exactly like supply chains in other industries, and there are technologies designed to meet the very need that the traceability requirement presents.

SAP Business ByDesign Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system has provided international suppliers with the tools necessary to comply with a vast array of international rules and regulations.

  • Data gathered in real-time gives food processors detailed information about where their products are coming from, how they are handled and where they go.
  • Streamlined, end-to-end processing tracks every step of every food item’s journey, including who produced it, packaged it, labeled it, transported it, added to it, bought it and sold it.
  • Business leaders can manage each detail of every food-related system, coordinated into a single dashboard and accessible from any digital device, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Projexia assists its clients to engage with SAP Business ByDesign deployment to ensure they comply with any and of Canada’s incoming food traceability laws.

Click here to register to our upcoming webinar on SAP Business ByDesign for the food manufacturing industry, where we will show you how your traceability can be optimized.


Alison Auzias

Alison Auzias

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