Can-Trace selects RCM Technologies Canada as Project Consultant for Produce Traceability Pilot
TORONTO, ON July 22, 2004 - Can-Trace is pleased to announce that RCM Technologies Canada (RCM) has been awarded the contract to manage the national traceability produce pilot project. This is RCM’s second contract with Can-Trace. RCM is currently developing the business case and template tool to help create solutions for food product traceability in Canada.
"The Canadian produce sector represents an estimated value of 6 billion Canadian dollars annually," indicated Jane Proctor, Can-Trace Chair. RCM will be pilot testing the minimum data requirements identified for traceability and thus helping the produce sector to answer up-coming regulations. "RCM demonstrated a strong understanding of the objectives and requirements and Can-Trace is proud to work in collaboration with RCM Technologies Canada."
The pilot started in June with the results to be published by mid-August 2004. Along with conducting supply chain pilots, the pilot 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.
"This is another confirmation of our commitment to the Canadian food industry," said Brian Sterling, Vice President, RCM Technologies Canada. "We are pleased to be working with Can-Trace, the produce industry and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) on their traceability program. Our goal is to help the CPMA and Can-Trace streamline the supply chain track and trace process and put effective measures in place to ensure the integrity of Canadian produce from gate to plate."
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, through its Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program (CFSQP) supports the Can-Trace with 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.
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.
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 RCM Technologies
RCM has been an innovative leader in the design, development and delivery of IT solutions to commercial and government sectors for more than 30 years. RCM’s Supply Chain Optimization practice focuses on helping clients collaborate with their business partners across the supply chain. The Company is one of the few North American consulting firms with a specialized practice group that helps companies address the data issues around Global Data Synchronization, Sunrise 2005 and GTIN compliance requirements. Through its close work with industry and associations, RCM has become a thought leader in the area of product traceability and associated business benefits. Additional information can be found at www.rcmt.com.
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