Mitigating Risk and Maximizing Compliance: Real-Time Visibility for Food Safety

Food Safety

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Embracing innovation. Forward thinking brands are always looking for technologies to improve the efficiency of their operations, raise the quality and safety of their products and processes, and ultimately create more delightful experiences for their customers.
  • New technologies, like item-level traceability solutions, are allowing restaurants to have real-time visibility into their entire supply chain and operational footprint. These solutions are capable of providing valuable data that drives actionable insights from farm to fork, like early detection, traceability, predictive analytics, recall management and many others. 
  • Explore the challenges of managing food products in the supply chain and how technology is helping leading restaurants to meet and exceed their food safety and quality goals. 

Between Q4 ‘22 and Q1 ‘23, the U.S Food and Drug Administration reported a 23.2% quarter over quarter increase in food recalls.

The average cost of a recall to a food company is $10M in direct costs, in addition to brand damage and lost sales according to a joint industry study by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

The prevalence and cost of food recalls are concerning, but so are the less tangible consequences.

In one survey, “[food] recalls that cause consumer illness” caused 18% of consumers to never return to the brand… ever.

This is a taste of what food supply chain leaders are up against.

The food industry is under increasing pressure to ensure product safety and meet strict regulations. Everyone in this field understands the high-stakes nature of a misstep.

Real-Time Item-Level Visibility (RTILV) is the safety net every single business needs.

RTILV provides unparalleled tracking capabilities throughout the entire supply chain.

 

Let’s Talk RTILV

RTILV technology leverages the power of cutting-edge tech to give supply chain leaders an eye on every product. It’s granular. It’s specific. And it’s massively effective.

 

Mitigate Risk — Maximize Compliance

The two imperatives facing food supply chain leaders are:

  •     Mitigate risk
  •     Maximize compliance

Risk mitigation addresses everything from consumer protection to reputation and business security. Safety and security are hallmark components of a food supply chain that earns trust.

By proactively detecting, evaluating, and controlling possible risks, businesses can reduce or prevent contamination and food-borne illnesses while also limiting legal exposure.

Then, there’s compliance. In this space, regulations never decrease, they only increase: both in scope and complexity. Food safety practitioners know the book inside and out. The salient question is: how to control, enforce, and monitor?

Imagine the ability to document with absolute certainty the exact geographic location of a product at an exact moment.

RTILV technology introduces infallible records and error-free oversight. It unlocks the ability to intercept any issues before they occur.

As we talk about risk and compliance, it’s worth mentioning food fraud. It is a $15 billion issue that regulators have pledged to clamp down on. It is costly and, with RTILV, avoidable.

 

A Familiar Core Technology

Everyone in the supply chain is familiar with how RFID uses radio waves to identify and track tagged objects or items, like a package being shipped from one end of the supply chain to another. The RFID tag contains information about the item, allowing it to be tracked in real time without the need for manual inputting of data. This in turn enhances speed, accuracy, and efficiency throughout the entire supply chain process.

However, innovative partners are going beyond RFID with technologies like serialized barcodes, Ultra-wideband (UWB) or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to become agnostic in leveraging data capture. By pulling in data from any sort of unique identifier, Mojix is able to offer a wide range of options to support any operation.

 

Let’s Make Food Safe Again

600 million people worldwide every year get sick due to poor food safety. Actual contamination statistics may be relatively low, but they wreak havoc on public trust, which impacts both profits and brand durability.

Early detection not only prevents the distribution of spoiled goods, but it also reduces waste.

 

Chipotle is Bought In

Chipotle has become the latest food retail chain to jump on board with our RFID technology for improved food safety control.

The company’s VP and head of supply chain, Carlos Londono, explains that the company’s Chicago-area restaurants have been testing and deploying an RFID-based solution for inventory management since 2020.

In partnership with Mojix’s ytem™ technology, 3,200 Chipotle restaurants will implement RFID solutions for drinks, produce, meat, and non-food items.

Mojix software and Zebra Technologies handheld readers gather the data. Ongoing monitoring keeps all ingredients at the perfect standards for freshness and safety.

Chipotle also uses RFID technology to monitor ingredients through distribution centers.

RFID technology gives Chipotle visibility into all products. This means that every burrito-loving customer can be confident that they’re eating well at a chain dedicated to their well-being.

 

Take Control With RTILV

RTILV technology ticks all the boxes:

  •     Mitigate risk
  •     Maximize compliance
  •     Get current intel to fuel consumer trust

At Mojix, we take food safety seriously, providing enterprise SaaS solutions for full automation and maximum effectiveness.

Let us help you achieve your goals: unified commerce, brand stability, and next-level success.

Contact us today to get started!

 

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