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Can-Trace Beef Traceability Pilot Moves Forward With Trimark Engineering as the Project Consultant (version anglaise)

TORONTO, ON July 7, 2004 - Can-Trace, the national, volunteer tracking and tracing initiative has awarded Trimark Engineering the contract to manage the national traceability pilot project for beef. Trimark Engineering, a leading engineering firm specialized in agricultural and industrial food engineering, will steer the beef supply chain companies who volunteered to test the minimum data requirements set by Can-Trace.

"Beef production brings about $26 billion to the Canadian economy which corresponds to the largest single commodity source of cash receipt for Canadian farmers, said Jane Proctor, Can-Trace Chair. By pilot testing the minimum data requirements set by the Standards Working Group for the beef sector, Can-Trace and Trimark Engineering will be able to identify best practices and provide a thorough gap analysis that will be used by other sectors. Trimark Engineering, through its request for proposal, demonstrated an exhaustive knowledge of the sector and Can-Trace is very pleased to be working with Trimark Engineering on this pilot."

The pilot, which started in June, plans to publish its results by the end of July 2004. Along with conducting supply chain pilots, the objectives are to highlight variations between the Can-Trace minimum data requirements and requirements imposed by other jurisdictions including the EU, the U.S. and to provide implementation experience and data to form the basis for industry implementation guidelines.

"Trimark Engineering is very pleased to conduct the beef pilot project for Can-Trace. With our client-centered focus, Trimark Engineering is positioned to deliver the value-added component required for this pilot, indicated Bill Moses, Senior Project Manager, Trimark Engineering. We have led numerous projects for meat industry leading companies. We take an integrated approach to understand the true project impact on the business and to deliver highly effective solutions. This approach has enabled us to maintain a high level of quality and client satisfaction. Trimark Engineering is dedicated to implement the same successful approach to the Can-Trace beef pilot."

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, through its Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program (CFSQP) awarded Can-Trace funding to develop traceability standards required by industry and government to build a solid business case and to pilot test the resulting standards beginning with beef, pork, and fruit and vegetable. Can-Trace is headed by a Steering Committee composed of more than 20 national trade associations as well as provincial and territorial governments; with the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC) as the initiative’s secretariat.


About Can-Trace
Can-Trace is a collaborative and open initiative committed to the development of traceability standards for all food products grown, manufactured and sold in Canada. The Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC) is the initiative’s secretariat. ECCC and Can-Trace sponsoring associations are continuously approaching various organizations to join and support this expanding initiative. Additional information can be found at www.Can-Trace.org.

About ECCC
The Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC) is the not-for-profit industry led organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods and locations and related e-commerce communication such as bar code issuance and maintenance. As an EAN International Member Organization, ECCC represents Canada in the continuing development of the global language of business. Additional information can be found at www.eccc.org.

About Trimark Engineering
Trimark Engineering provides engineering-based business solutions to the agricultural, industrial food processing and government sectors. Direct experience in each of these sectors enables Trimark to effectively combine theory and practice in delivering practical solutions across the supply chain. Trimark involves project stakeholders throughout the process to deliver an integrated project approach. In addition to supply chain management, Trimark’s core competencies include process analysis, regulatory systems, lean manufacturing and master facility planning. Trimark’s focus is to provide high productivity returns to our clients while ensuring operational and capital expenditure due diligence. For additional information regarding Trimark Engineering, please refer to www.trimarkeng.com.

Media Contacts:  

Kelly Swinney
Electronic Commerce Council of Canada
Tel.: 416.510-8039, ext. 2364
Cell: 416 435 5777

Toll: 1.800.567.7084

Bill Moses
Trimark Engineering Ltd.
Tel.: 403.328.2910
Cell: 403.308.5174

Toll: 866.328.2910