PTI compliance guidelines require that each member of the supply chain tracks every case of produce that they receive and/or ship. This requires systems that accurately track all products at the case level from harvest through customer shipment.
In order to achieve standardized whole chain traceability, the member must:
- Apply a PTI label containing the GTIN, lot number, and PTI voice pick code
- Apply hybrid pallet tags to outbound shipments
- Track who receives what shipped product
- Record source and pack lot information
- Maintain electronic traceability records
This traceability information allows members of the supply chain to trace product forwards and backwards, and to isolate suspect product in the case of a recall. It also gives supply chain members the ability to quickly pass traceability information to the FDA during foodborne illness investigations.