Farmscape for June 3, 2009
The CEO of Cargill says enhanced traceability of food
products offers a number of advantages but it will not improve food
Delegates attending Trace R&D 2009, underway in
Winnipeg, are examining traceability technology and providing input for a
national traceability research and development strategy for Canada.
Cargill CEO Len Penner says enhanced traceability offers
three key advantages but it won't impact food safety.
Clip-Len Penner-Cargill Limited
One is can it help us enhance our competitiveness?
In Canada the majority of products that we work with we have
a far greater capacity to produce than we have to consume with 35 million
people in Canada.
So we have an opportunity, we have a need to be in the
export market place and so how does the traceability system allow us to
be more competitive in that particular space
The second key value that could come with traceability would
be in the area of a system that helps in the supply chain management side.
Does it allow us to identity preserve commodities as they
move through the system to deliver integrity in the products, that we
know that we can deliver the promises and the claims that are being made
by that particular food.
Then the third area is one that I would almost put in the
defensive area and that being a good traceability system will add value
if it allows us to minimize the impact of mistakes that are made in the
system and allowing us to wrap our arms around a problem quicker, faster,
minimizing recalls on product that should not be out there.
Penner believes processing safe food
depends on implementing processes with relentless determination.
He says traceability can provide the confidence that
everything has been done to ensure the products out there are safe.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
is a presentation of Sask Pork and Manitoba Pork Council