Trace Seafood From Catch To Sale

I found an article written by Paul Molyneaux in National & International Electronics about software that tracks seafood from catch to sale. It discusses the new FDA rule requiring seafood traceability.

In January 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced a rule on seafood traceability, requiring entities in the seafood supply chain to maintain records of critical tracking events. These include packing, shipping, receiving, and transforming seafood. The compliance deadline for seafood dealers and processors is Jan. 20, 2026. To meet these requirements, tech developers worldwide are creating software and apps to track seafood from the boat to the table.

Chip Terry, President of BlueTrace, a Maine-based software developer, emphasizes that traceability should enhance efficiency rather than burden the industry. BlueTrace’s app generates QR codes for each seafood lot, creating labels that follow products through the supply chain. This system offers real-time information, making operations more efficient and satisfying FDA regulations.

BlueTrace and other developers emphasize the storytelling aspect of traceability, potentially serving as a marketing tool. 

BlueTrace collaborates with other companies to standardize communication between various software systems. This cooperation aims to ensure compatibility and data sharing across different platforms. The article also mentions Emydex, an Irish company focusing on improving efficiency in the fishing industry since 2004. Emydex’s software tracks various information alongside traceability, such as yield, providing valuable insights for the industry.

While paper tags with QR codes are currently common, some developers, like Emydex, are exploring advanced technologies like RFID chips. Although RFID chips could offer advantages in tracking individual fish or securing payments, cost concerns and technological limitations remain challenges.

The urgency to comply with the FDA’s traceability rule prompts seafood businesses to invest in suitable software solutions. Both BlueTrace and Emydex stress that the industry needs to take the rule seriously, as developing and implementing efficient traceability systems requires time. The article concludes by noting a lawsuit filed by seafood distributor Samuels & Son against software provider Infor for alleged failures in the supplied cloud-based business management system. 

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