Fresh Produce

  • Ed TreacyEmail author
  • Jane Proctor
  • Dan Vaché
  • Angela Fernandez
Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)


Collaborative efforts of leaders in the fresh produce industry in the United States and its major trading partner Canada have played a pioneering role not only in raising awareness of the importance of chain wide traceability by industry and other stakeholders, but also in developing best practices to support industry’s implementation. The PTI model and its best practices are being adopted by other fresh food sectors, such as seafood, meat, poultry, dairy, deli and bakery. Created in 2007, the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) was the first industry-led, industry-specific, supply chain-wide traceability initiative in the United States. PTI was created to achieve whole chain traceability by incorporating technology with commonly-used product identification standards to create linkages between internal traceability programs. The majority of the companies in the produce industry had very good traceability programs in place within their organizations, but they were not linked, and the relevant traceability information was not transferred or captured as product moved through the supply chain. The adoption of case level labeling based on GS1 Standards with a Global Trade Item Number™ (GTIN®) and Batch/Lot Number (the minimum requirement for the Produce Traceability Initiative) has become the model for several other industries’ traceability programs and initiatives. While recent regulatory developments have impacted PTI implementation, companies are finding that PTI compliance provides substantial business benefits and savings beyond traceability.


PTI Produce traceability initiative Standards Whole chain traceability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ed Treacy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jane Proctor
    • 2
  • Dan Vaché
    • 3
  • Angela Fernandez
    • 4
  1. 1.Produce Marketing AssociationNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Canadian Produce Marketing AssociationOttawaCanada
  3. 3.United Fresh Produce AssociationRedmondUSA
  4. 4.GS1 USLawrencevilleUSA

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