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RCM Technologies Canada awarded first Can-Trace contract to develop a business case for food chain traceability

TORONTO, ON May 26, 2004 - Can-Trace is pleased to announce that RCM Technologies Canada has been awarded the first Can-Trace contract to develop a business case and template tool to help create solutions for food product traceability in Canada.

"The business case will help industry understand the incremental costs and benefits associated with implementing traceability" said Jane Proctor, Can-Trace Chair. "It is a critical component to ensure adoption of Can-Trace standards by the supply chain. Can-Trace is a multi-stakeholder voluntary initiative and our objective, based on stakeholder feedback, is to create supply chain standards that will enable whole-chain food product traceability for all food products sold in Canada. RCM Technologies were awarded the proposal based on their ability to demonstrate a unique and comprehensive understanding of the issues, along with a valuable experience and in-depth expertise of traceability and standards. We look forward to working with them."

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. The Can-Trace Steering Committee established a Business Case Working Group to create the conditions for developing the business case and assist with the selection of RCM Technologies.

"RCM Technologies is extremely pleased to have been invited to contribute to this important Canadian business initiative," said Brian Sterling, Vice President, RCM Technologies Canada. "We look forward to developing and delivering the necessary tools that will enable food industry stakeholders and government to understand the cost-benefit of traceability, and to decide how to implement systems and processes to create whole chain traceability in Canada. Collaborating as team members with RCM will be Unisys Canada and Dr. David Sparling, a professor at the University of Guelph and a recognized agri-business specialist and traceability expert."

The objectives of the business case project include:

  • To provide the Canadian Agri-food industry with business tools in the form of cost/benefit templates that primary producers and industry can use to determine:
      - What it will cost to implement traceability within their enterprise?
      - Where these costs will be incurred?
      - What are the potential benefits of implementing traceability in their enterprise?
      - In what areas do the benefits accrue and how to quantify them?

  • To provide illustrations to industry of the incremental costs and potential benefits that are possible from the implementation of traceability within sections of the food supply chain.

  • To provide stakeholders with concrete data on the costs associated with food product traceability in order to support strategic implementation decisions.

  • To provide a vehicle to sell/promote traceability to all sectors within the Canadian agri-food industry regardless of their size or position with the supply chain.

  • To identify opportunities, (marketing, food safety, or otherwise) for traceability and its implementation.

Results of the beef, pork and produce pilots will be available through the Can-Trace website with an anticipated completion date of late July 2004.


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 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.

Media Contacts:
Kelly Swinney
Electronic Commerce Council of Canada
Tel.: 416.510-8039, ext. 2364
Cell: 416 435 5777
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For RCM Technologies Canada:
Special Assignment Inc
Tel.: 416.964.6118