Tracing food commodities – In bulk
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Being able to trace your food from farm to fork has become a necessity for many consumers.
ISU ABE professor, Charles Hurburgh, and his team are setting better practices for effective bulk commodity traceability. Bulk food products are often blended and thought to be impossible to track through their supply chains.
“We are working to develop the processes, protocols and facility design changes that would be needed to have effective traceability of bulk commodities.” Hurburgh said. “Successful completion of the full scale industry trial now being conducted for a wheat milling company that is making nutritionally enhanced flour from a proprietary specialty wheat, to be used for commercial flour tortillas.”
This research is additionally addressing regulations to prevent food safety hazards for grain products affecting humans and animals. Many of these high consumer value food products still need to be handled in bulk. The issue has sustained success in only in current generic supply chains. Hurburgh and his team and seeking to create health solutions for buyers and consumers alike.
“The end game will be a set of standard best practices for bulk traceability and for successful specialty supply chains within the bulk commodity market.” Hurburgh said. The initial research was funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, with continuation from industry sources.