Facilitating expedited food traceability and data dissemination in emergency situations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
88561
Agency Tracking Number:
2008-00134
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2902 BLANKENBAKER RD # 04, Louisville, KY, 40299
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
148487218
Principal Investigator:
Mike Northway
Contracts Manager
(502) 267-7333
mnorthway@tovaindustries.com
Business Contact:
Mike Northway
Contract Manager
(502) 367-7333
mnorthway@tovaindustries.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Section 306 of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act, known as 'the Bioterrorism Act', requires the establishment and maintenance of records that allow for the identification of the immediate previous sources and the immediate subsequent recipients of food. These records, commonly referred to as aeone-step-forward one-step-backAE traceability pointers, enable traceability along the food supply chain in the event of detecting contaminated food. The Guidebook for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan Development published by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) dictates various data gathering regulations that should be employed pertaining to food safety. These regulations will be significantly enhanced if the data gathered is disseminated in an efficient manner to relevant partners. Expedited traceability along the food supply chain in the case of emergency is of the essence. This should be facilitated by a computerized process and a communication network that covers an emergency center and databases along the food supply chain for real time traceability and data dissemination, based on accessing the aeone-step-forward one-step-backAE pointers provided by the Bioterrorism Act. Such a system should further be enhanced by a convenient interface between the operator and the information retrieving system. This proposal concerns a communication network, and convenient user interface, providing for expedited traceability and data dissemination along the food supply chain.

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