I am attempting to get my company's traceability program to function within the required 4-hour window, as we are currently struggling with this. We have implemented a number of corrective actions to fix the problem, but it just feels like there is too much data to collect in that period of time. I would appreciate any help with the subject.
- Dry grain processing facility
- Process raw product from the field through to finished product packaging
- Product has very long shelf life
- Product can be reworked indefinitely
- Working towards BRC
- BRC Start! Intermediate audit in a few months
- Small company, ~10 full time employees
- I am not certain if I am selecting the correct point in the process to trace back to or forward from. Depending on the point selected it can dramatically affect the scope of a trace.
- If I trace an order back to the level of raw product receiving, and then attempt to trace forward from that point, the traceability chain is seemingly unending. If a recall were initiated for a single order, it could implicate 10x as much raw product, and the subsequent forward trace could easily add another factor of 10. A 10,000 lb order could easily implicate 1,000,000 lbs of shipped finished product, anywhere from 1 lb stand up pouches to 2,200 lb totes.
- Are we required to trace retail products forward to the customer? I would imagine grocery stores are not required to do this, and it would likely be impossible due to the nature of the sale. Would it be sufficient for a trace exercise to know how many packages/lbs of retail product were shipped and how many remained on site, as opposed to identifying individual recipients?
- Because my product can be reworked over and over again, I may use product left over from a blend in another blend, so the entire trace exercise has to be performed all over again for each tote included that was previously part of another blend. An example of this can be seen in the attached image.
- I have all of the information I need to trace everything fully, but the task is completely overwhelming.
- What quantity is the mass balance performed on? If I use totes for an order, would I confirm where all product from those totes went? Is the mass balance performed on all orders that each tote went into, or just the order in question?
I have attached an image of a web diagram that shows how a trace would go were I to run it using our current methodology. The red "O" indicates the order selected for the trace exercise, the red arrows show the path of backward traceability, and the blue arrows show the path of forward traceability.
Any input is greatly appreciated!
Edited by Dan E, 09 June 2022 - 04:49 PM.