While there are legitimate differences between standards and benchmarking programs in place to establish equivalence, processors continue to uselessly undergo a variety of repetitive, careless audits. If certification is to continue providing cost-effective verification of the supply chain, operators will need to refocus on integrating and improving the robustness of the audits being conducted, not racing to the to see who can obtain a certificate at the lowest cost. Certification has slowly been morphing into a process of maintaining flawed/forged documentation, and sowing other seeds of deceptiveness rather than committing the necessary resources to training, verification, and validation of quality and safety practices.
Lastly, the old ways of certificates, ledgers, and recordkeeping are primed for an upgrade. Management of disagreement amongst parties is expected to be revolutionized by blockchain technology. There is great potential for blockchain (a collective and open-access ledger system) to provide the necessary tools to further verify food quality and safety. Industry professionals are expecting the supply chain to make a serious commitment to blockchain, which in turn will force the supply chain to meet new traceability and transparency requirements. In other words, more than one set of eyes will verify the authenticity of a certificate and other claims to food safety, quality, sustainability, and social accountability. Access to this new resource of data will encourage retailers to request larger, more complex sets of compliance criteria, forcing the industry to “raise the bar” for retail products. As blockchain provides a new network of verification for determining the safety and quality of food products, it will bolster (not replace) the existing third-party certification model. | ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page