Sir: The 11-page special on the anniversary of the horsemeat scandal was both fascinating and encouraging in its assessment of the current market and the changes being made by suppliers, but I was surprised not to see more on the role of technology (‘Why Horsegate is yesterday’s news,’ 11 January, p38).
Suppliers are building traceability into their processes in far more advanced ways than the spreadsheets and paper-based methods of the past. The who, what, when, where, why and how of every ingredient, process and interaction are being recorded as part of their ERP solution. In the last year, we have seen a significant move to embrace this fully integrated technology that gives absolute granularity to traceability. In under five minutes the full extent of a recall can be determined from a few variables.
This approach is lowering the administrative burden for organisations, improving trust, transparency and profitability. The way in which the industry has left no stone unturned in its reaction has been astounding. Let’s hope the desire to see criminal acts uncovered does not diminish.
Duncan Moir, product director for process manufacturing, Epicor Software