Written by Donald Clark of Clients First Business Solutions.

It has been in the news a great deal the past few years – tainted foods that make it into the marketplace and the pains suffered by consumers and the producing companies alike.

  • E-Coli-contaminated spinach in 2006
  • Salmonella-contaminated peppers and tomatoes in 2008
  • Salmonella-contaminated peanut products in 2009
  • Salmonella-contaminated pistachio nuts in 2009

These events trigger massive recalls and do tremendous damage to consumer confidence and the producing companies’ well-being.

The fact is that most US consumers have a lack of confidence in the safety of the food supply as well as food producers’ ability to effectively recall products from the marketplace. Follow the link below to read more about consumer confidence.


The Bioterrorism Act passed in 2002 attempts to address food safety in the United States by compelling food processors and handlers to have the ability to quickly identify the source of suspect materials and the customers who were shipped suspect goods. Inability to perform effective recalls can be disastrous for the company’s well being and public health at large.

Manual tracking systems are not reliable and it is extremely time consuming and costly to search all of the records needed to track a lot through all of its transactions. Meanwhile, if the company cannot quickly recall bad product it puts people at risk for illness or worse.

What every food and beverage producer needs is a technology solution that will allow the company to track lot-controlled materials all of the way through their processes and be simple to use. This technology solution would also allow people to perform instant recalls to safeguard consumers from harm.

To see how an integrated solution can greatly enhance an organization’s ability to track lots and perform recalls, follow this link.