Tesco recall highlights need for effective traceability solutions
Recently, the supermarket giant Tesco has had to carry out a product recall of its own-brand “No Added Sugar Double Concentrate Apple and Blackcurrant” squash following complaints from customers of a foul garlic smell and feeling ill after drinking it.
Following an investigation, Tesco revealed that a non-harmful flavour additive had been accidentally added, which poses no safety risk but has a “strong odour”.
Tesco said the additive, Dimethyl Disulphide, which had been added to the squash in error, was a common ingredient in food products. The juice has since been withdrawn from sale in Tesco stores and online. Tesco assured customers that only products bought since the New Year may be affected and they will have a best before date of October 2015.
In these situations speed is of the essence, retailers expect their supply chain to be able to identify and trace a contaminated batch immediately. Producers and suppliers need to have robust supply chain insight and management systems in place to act fast and efficiently.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in January 2015 alone in the States there were 26 food product recalls* and the UK Food Standards Agency listed 32 in the UK during 2014**. This highlights the need for the food industry to be prepared to avoid or reduce product withdrawal fees and protect relationships with distributors and retailers.
If you don’t already have supply chain software in place it’s time to act. A food industry specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) system will provide track and trace visibility, giving real time insight into the movement and placement of your products. It will also provide the systems and procedures to flag and manage contaminated lots.
If you’ve got questions about how this would work for your business, talk to an ERP expert today. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.