Food Safety: The contest winners of the FDA offer farm-to-fork traceability solutions at an affordable price

Food Safety: The contest winners of the FDA offer farm-to-fork traceability solutions at an affordable price
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The FDA announced 12 winners in its “Low or No-Cost Tech Enabled Traceability Challenge

Countries” contest. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the goal of the contest is to ensure food safety by ensuring traceability from source to plate.

The agency reports that the winning team is from the United States, Canada and New Zealand. The submission teams came from Australia, China and England.

The primary purpose of the challenge was to encourage all stakeholders, including technology providers and public health advocates as well as entrepreneurs and innovators, to create traceability hardware, software or data analytics platforms that are affordable or free to end users.

“Tapping into new technologies, integrating data streams, will help to promote widespread and consistent implementation of traceability system across the food industry,” stated the FDA’s winners announcement.

However, smaller companies may find it difficult to afford tech-enabled traceability solutions. To achieve end-to-end food traceability, accessible tracing solutions are needed.”

The FDA has scheduled a webinar on “Low- or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT on Sept. 28. The 12 winning teams will present their solutions and take questions during a live question and answer session.

The winning teams in alphabetical order, with links to the videos they submitted, are:

    provides item-level traceability to each participant in the food supply chain, from source to store and from farm to fork, using Avery Dennison systems and proprietary blockchain technology using Mastercard Provenance.
  • FarmTabs
    is free, downloadable software run on Microsoft Excel that helps small and mid-size farmers manage records for traceability and other farm-related metrics.
  • Freshly
    is traceability and batch-tracking software designed for small businesses, including retailers, manufacturers, and distributors.
  • HeavyConnect
    provides cloud-based digital traceability and compliance documentation solutions, including an intuitive mobile app that allows producers to capture traceability data in the field and seamlessly share it across the supply chain.
  • Kezzler
    uses self-service portals to generate item-level identifiers and associate homogenized datasets at the grower level through simple mobile applications.
  • Mojix
    uses industry standards to link traceability events for each individual item and/or lot throughout the food supply chain to enable a low-cost and collaborative open data network.
  • OpsSmart
    provides an industry-proven, cloud-based traceability software solution to meet food safety, recall management, and traceability needs of a complex supply chain.
  • Precise’s
    Traceability Suite delivers efficient end-to-end supply chain tracking to all segments of the food market by utilizing geospatial, machine learning, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
  • Roambee/GSM/Wiliot’s
    solution uses low-cost IoT sensor tags in combination with shipment visibility and verification technologies to provide end-to-end traceability from farm to plate.
  • Rfider
    is software-as-a-service that simplifies capturing, securing, and sharing critical event data along supply chains all the way to consumers.
  • TagOne
    uses a role-based data capture framework that updates an open source blockchain platform, leverages industry standards to ensure interoperability, and ensures ease of use and data security.
  • Wholechain
    is a supply chain traceability system that utilizes blockchain technology, in collaboration with Mastercard, to trace products back to their original source.

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