Datex Cheese and Dairy Industry

Cheese Industry

The Cheese Industry is Talking About Food Safety and Traceability.

What is the difference between “track & trace” and “traceability”?

As it refers to in the context of distribution and logistics, the term “track & trace” (or tracking and tracing) refers to the process of determining the current and previous locations of a product or inventory item.  Using a real time database and means of tracking such as RFID or barcodes provides the means to track by LOT, SKU, UPC or other means.  This can provide a trail of information including other information about a product or inventory item, where it was warehoused, transported to and from, etc.

The term “traceability” refers to the completeness of information throughout each step as the product travels from inception through the entire supply chain.  As a process, traceability is the ability to verify location, history, application and other information by means of recorded documented information.  Traceability requires the use of barcodes or RFID tags to record all movement through processes within the production process through the supply chain.  Having real time data in today’s fast paced world is highly desirable and can be lifesaving, in the case of an outbreak of foodborne illness.

In food products including cheese, tracing a product along the supply chain can take time and expend a tremendous amount of labor.  Many food companies, including cheese producers, maintain vital records manually using paper based systems rather than using real time automated systems.  Searching through this information is very time consuming and prone to error.  Now cheese producers and food manufacturers are moving to automated systems with track and trace capabilities in order to save time, labor and many thousands of dollars conducting product recalls.

Using a barcode or RFID tags, information regarding each element of the food production cycle is recorded linking suppliers, warehousing and storage facilities, distributors and retailers through to the consumer.  With the advent of SmartPhone applications, consumers are often now able to scan barcodes on food items and view more detailed information on product traceability.  Providing consumers with real time tracking ability throughout the supply chain and real time data increases consumer confidence in the safety of the food system and builds trust in the supply chain.

What is “farm to fork”?

The term “Farm to fork” refers to the various stages of food production, from the time the original ingredients are harvested, stored, processed packaged, sold then consumed.  Many food industry professionals and consumers are asking for more visibility into the critical food production chain due to the increased incidence of food recalls and issues with food safety.  This has led to increased government regulations, namely the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) and in the European Union Regulation EC/178/2002.

Solution

How Datex can help solve challenges in the cheese industry.

Datex has developed a solution specifically for the cheese industry, ideal for meeting the needs of food producers looking for track and trace capabilities.

Datex Cheese Industry Software

Here are some of the tracking features that Datex FootPrint WMS includes:

  • • Ability to track lots of all ingredients that go into a finished good
  • • Lot Trace by ingredient
  • • Tracking of vendor Lot with VAT code
  • • Family-Tree Lot track and trace
  1. See all lots that went into a finished good
  2. See all finished goods that a bad lot might have implicated
Cheese News

FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply

Looking for a little weekend reading? The Food and Drug Administration has just the thing. On Friday, the agency released two proposed rules designed to boost the safety of the nation’s food supply, encompassing hundreds of pages.

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Consumer Alert-Colombian Style Cheese Recall Due To Improper Pasteurization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 19, 2012 – New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine today alerted consumers that Productos Tita Corp, (Trade Name of Tita Products), located in Glendale, New York, is voluntarily recalling certain fresh cheese products due to the improper pasteurization of the milk used to make the cheese. Proper pasteurization heats milk in order to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.

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Food Protection Connection: Are You a Cheese Safety Whiz?

If you are like most dietary managers, you probably use cheese in your menus routinely. If so, it’s not surprising, as about one-third of all the milk produced in the US goes into cheese production. Cheese, as a high-protein food rich in calcium and other nutrients, does carry its own food safety risks. Are you a cheese safety “whiz?” Let’s find out! Try guessing whether each statement that follows is fact or fiction.

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Listeria-tainted ricotta cheese kills at least 1

(AP) WASHINGTON — Federal health officials say ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses including at least one death.

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Food facilities should expect to register with FDA starting next month

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires U.S. food facilities to register with the Food and Drug Administration between October 1 and December 31, 2012, to indicate the types of foods produced at each facility. In draft guidance released last month, FDA proposed changes to the food categories identified in the registration system, including one that will affect cheese manufacturing facilities.

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Traceability: ‘The new ante’ in global dairy business

If you know me, you know I’m passionate about food quality and safety. Traceability is a big part of that; being able to track where your product is at all times means that, if necessary, you could remove a suspect lot with surgical precision, protecting both your company’s reputation and its bottom line.

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More Deadlines Missed as FSMA Rules Remain Stalled at OMB

Food safety advocates remain frustrated and confused as central Food Safety Modernization Act rules have failed to advance more than six months after they were sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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What consumers really want to know about antibiotic use in livestock

Recently proposed regulations could further restrict use and increase oversight of the antimicrobials that enable livestock to grow healthy and efficiently. In a recent webchat hosted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (www.fooddialogues.com), consumers had the opportunity to hear from both a registered dietician and an animal health expert and to join in with their own questions and concerns regarding antibiotic use in the animals that enter our food supply.

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Dairy industry eyes impact of farm bill, which awaits vote

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, this week called on the House of Representatives to bring the 2012 Farm Bill to the House floor for a vote.

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Datex to Exhibit at Amercian Cheese Society Annual Conference

Clearwater, FL (July 30, 2012) Supply chain software developer Datex Corporation will be exhibiting at the 2012 American Cheese Society Conference August 1-4thin Raleigh, North Carolina.  Datex will be showcasing their new warehouse management software solution which integrates cheese manufacturing and inventory management.  Developed with input from a major U.S. cheese manufacturer, the new inventory software solution includes features specifically used in cheese production such as tracking of vendor Lot with vat code; quarantine, taste testing and inspection schedules and Lot track and trace by ingredient.

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Improving Food Safety through Improved Traceability

Every year nearly 1 in every 6 Americans become ill, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Food safety and foodborne illness are matters of critical concern, requiring new regulatory tools for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2011, President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) into law to help prevent foodborne illness.

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Datex holds webinar on Cheese Processing & Manufacturing

Clearwater, FL (June 13, 2012) Inventory software developer Datex plans to hold a webinar Tuesday June 19th at 2 PM EST to showcase one of their latest innovations, a warehouse management software solution that integrates cheese manufacturing with inventory storage.  The new software solution was developed with input from a major U.S. cheese manufacturer and includes features specifically used in cheese production such as tracking of vendor Lot with vat code, inspection schedules and Lot track and trace by ingredient.

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Datex debuts new inventory & manufacturing software for the cheese industry

Clearwater, FL (April 30, 2012) Inventory software developer Datex plans to hold a webinar Thursday May 3rdat 2 PM EST to showcase one of their latest innovations, a warehouse management software solution that integrates cheese manufacturing with inventory storage.  The new software solution was developed with input from a major U.S. cheese manufacturer and includes features specifically used in cheese production such as tracking of vendor Lot with vat code, inspection schedules and Lot track and trace by ingredient.

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Datex holds “Automate Your Cheese” webinar

Clearwater, FL (April 30, 2012) Inventory software developer Datex plans to hold a webinar Thursday May 3rdat 2 PM EST to showcase one of their latest innovations, a warehouse management software solution that integrates cheese manufacturing with inventory storage.  The new software solution was developed with input from a major U.S. cheese manufacturer and includes features specifically used in cheese production such as tracking of vendor Lot with vat code, inspection schedules and Lot track and trace by ingredient.

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Cheese Videos

Automate Your Cheese!

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Presenter:
Michael Armanious
(Director of Sales and Consulting)

Overview:
A brief webinar on one of the latest innovations in the cheese manufacturing industry, a WMS software solution with integrates cheese manufacturing and inventory storage.

Automate Your Cheese

Cheese Processing & Manufacturing

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Presenter:
Michael Armanious
(Director of Sales and Consulting)

Overview:
With the new Food Safety and Modernization Act, many food manufacturers have increasing concerns about product traceability and food safety. Join us to see how the latest technological tools can make all the difference in your company’s success.

Cheese Processing and Manufacturing

Demo

Real Time Live Software Demonstrations

Would you like to see a warehouse management system (WMS) operate in real time? Register today for the demonstration of your choice to see how Datex FootPrint WMS works for the cheese and dairy industry.

Here are just a few features cheese and dairy industry professionals want to see:

  • Track and trace by Lot, SKU, UPC, vat code or ingredient
  • Variable weight
  • Temperature categories by location and SKU
  • Aging process
  • Taste testing & inspection schedules
  • Multiple simultaneous holds

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