UNIVERSAL REPOSITORY FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY
The events of September 11, 2001, and subsequent anthrax-related incidents gave rise to concerns about unconventional terrorist attacks, including the threat of harm to the U.S. food supply.
The range of agents connected to food supply terrorism is broad, and their characteristics varied; they may include:
• Biological and chemical agents.
• Naturally occurring, antibiotic-resistant, and genetically engineered substances.
• Deadly substances and those affecting the gastrointestinal system.
• Highly infectious agents and those that are not communicable.
• Substances readily available to the public and those that are difficult to acquire.
• Agents that must be “weaponized” and those that are available in a useable form.
Food product components (raw materials, warehousing, transporting, manufacturing, production) can be produced in numerous countries around the world. A final product might integrate components from China, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.
Tracking in this environment is complicated. It is difficult to identify all the final products that may be affected due to a specific component, and a potential recall may require the capability to trace backwards (to identify all the components that could affect a final product) and forward (to identify all the final products that may be affected due to a specific component).
Kernel proposes KernelTrack, a Universal repository that gathers information for all components in a supply chain and integrates this information, offering backward and forward tracking capability.
Some of the features of KernelTrack are:
• Security. The information is accessible by level, company user, supply chain users, provider users, client users, public users and certification users
• Information System where all the components of the supply chain are integrated.
• Cost effective: doesn't require a significant investment for companies involved.
• Multi-company, Multi-country, Multi-product, Multi-language.
• Analysis capability in multiple directions; backwards-forward.
• Available 24/7 and easy access for analysis and to update
• Granular and Flexible in detail level.
• Do not require new hardware, software or product codes
- A customer that can see a product in a store and immediately have information about; raw materials, companies certifications, labor, dates of production, region of production, process certifications, etc.
- A company in the supply chain goes to the system and gets all the necessary information about the product its provider is selling.
- A company with a quality or contamination problem has information about all components involved, detects the component problem and then conducts a forward analysis to identify all final products that could be affected, and the localization of these products
- A certification institution has information to validate that all the components and processes fulfill certification requirements
- A system that provides the information to show that Monterey county is the most sustainable and environmentally conscious region in California
Benefits for Companies:
- $$$ SAVED;
- Minimizing Recalls,
- Product affected. Entire brand product season vs. one lot
- Minimize time to execute
- Minimize effects to consumers confidence
- Information and transparency about products, and product rating for consumers and supply chain companies
- Real time alert system for providers and buyers
- Company recognition for commitment to Quality and Transparency
Fortifying the business and opening new market opportunities