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Food safety is of paramount concern.  Today's food and produce supply chain is global, and as a result, more and more complex.  An increasingly large amount of the food that we consume on a daily basis comes from overseas suppliers.  Creating accountability within a supply chain's stakeholders is critical to ensure the monitoring, safety, and efficacy of food and produce from farm-to-fork.  A system that helps to secure this vital supply chain would go a long way in terms of placing information and analytics in the hands of supply chain partners, creating operational efficiency and product safety for end-consumers.

In partnership with Ryan Systems, Global Tracking Systems is in the process of developing and marketing a fully-integrated Food Safety Server that will combine multiple value-added features into a single, cloud-based web portal system.  The iFSS will be able to perform the following capabilities:
  • electronic traceability information;
  • food supplier certification and control;
  • compliance data;
  • quantitative risk assessment model for ranking food suppliers based on critical food safety predictors;
  • advanced shelf life calculations, and
  • assist in performing food recalls should the need to do so arise.
The iFSS puts data under our customers' control and provides the information that our customers need to take control of their own food safety processes/systems and suppliers.  The system will be available pre-configured for a customer's unique requirements.

One of the main features of the Food Safety Server is its advanced shelf life calculation feature.  Shelf life is the length of time that food, drink, medicine, and other perishable products are given before they are considered unsuitable for sale or consumption.  Based upon temperature data recorded from RFID tag hardware placed within item-level packaging and containers, the iFSS will be able to calculate the remaining shelf life for a specific type of product (distributed on a scale of 0 to 100).  Customers have the freedom to set unique parameters, including time exposure and temperature thresholds, for each specific product in their product shipments.  This type of detailed information would then allow customers to manage their food and produce supply chain efficiently by employing a FEFO-based (first-expiry, first-out) business model wherein product is moved onto shelves in accordance with their remaining shelf life, not simply which product arrived first.