The Importance of Trace and Track in the Food Industry

Food service organizations have to meet supply chain requirements set by the FDA. Lot tracing and tracking can help companies in the food industry remain compliant, manage inventory, and more.

In 2013, Congress enacted the Drug Supply Chain Security Act. This act is described by the FDA as such: “The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) outlines requirements for manufacturers, repackagers, wholesale distributors, dispensers, and third-party logistics providers (trading partners). Some requirements began in November 2014 and several key requirements began at various stages in 2015. The requirements, development of standards, and the system for product tracing will continue to be phased in until 2023. FDA will continue working with trading partners and other stakeholders to effectively implement the requirements.” (source)

Because of the requirements of the DSCSA, it’s imperative for the food service industry to properly trace and track their supply chain inventory to ensure they are meeting the requirements.

Benefits of Implementing Lot Trace/Track

According to the APICS supply chain management best practices, the tangible benefits from traceability are:

  • Reduction in the size of product recalls

  • Differentiation of goods by specific regions

  • Assistance in compliance audits

  • Evidence of manufacturing testing and material contamination

  • Compliance with free trade zone agreements

  • Help in establishing a chain of custody for sensitive goods (compliance with FDA)

  • Assistance with regulations

This is where Lot Trace/Track in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne can help.

Can you implement Lot Trace/Track in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne?

JD Edwards (JDE) is possibly one of the easiest tools to track the information required for traceability of lots.

Through Lot Tracing, a user can view the transactions related to items assigned to the lot. If the lot contain kits or assembled items, you can identify the parts that were used to assemble items in the lot, and the lots from which the parts came.

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Use Lot Tracking to view the transactions related to items removed from the lot. You can also identify items that have been assembled using parts from the lot and lots to which the assembled items were assigned.

Trace/Tracking can be implemented in JDE by enabling the traceability in the following transactions:

  • Adjustments

  • Inventory issues

  • Inventory transfers

  • Inventory reclassifications

  • Quality management

  • Purchase orders receipts

  • Shipping sales orders

  • Work order completions

  • Work order consumption

  • Sales order transfers

  • Cycle count inventory

It’s important to define how you want to manage your information. In order to do this, you can start by answering questions such as:

  • What are the modules that I have available and working?

  • What is the level of detail that I need?

  • What are the specific requirements from my customers?

  • How often should I assign different lots?

  • Do I have enough resources to manage lots?

  • What is the impact in my organization?

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Smartbridge Assistance

Smartbridge can help you implement Lot Trace/Track in your organization’s Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne system. This includes assistance with:

  • Historical data management

  • Government regulations and FDA requirements

  • Lot Trace and Track reporting

  • Implementation of Blockchain for sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals

  • Defining the best Lot Trace and Track process for your business

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