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Tracing the trails of livestock.

The food safety market has recently been saturated with concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), otherwise known as mad cow disease. Thanks to a system developed by Intentia, Stockholm, Sweden and Scase, Bergen, Norway, those concerns, as well as other food safety concerns could soon be alleviated.

The system delivers the possibility of true livestock tracing from the farm to the supermarket. "Because the consumers are presently weary as a result of mad cow coupled with numerous product recalls, and the government needs consumers happy with what they buy in order to, at a very base level, stimulate the economy, Intentia and Scase decided to develop this system," says John Gledhill, vice president of Intentia's Food & Beverage Industry Solution. In its totality, the business offering is based on Intentia's Food Enterprise Application Solution and the Scase Livestock Slaughter Solution, integrated to deliver a comprehensive solution focused directly at the needs of the livestock process industry.

The software enables a company to capture and hold information about an individual animal's livestock's ear tag number, fat content, which farmer the livestock comes from, meat quality, veterinary history, where the animal lived, etc...

Specialized terminals and label printing devices can also be provided, enabling meat processors to easily capture or enter the data in an otherwise caustic environment. When an animal is delivered to the meat processing plant, the livestock's ear tag barcode is captured. Wherever the carcass travels through the production process, new information can be entered into ruggedized terminals/data capture devices installed at other meat processor's locations.

"Our business solution allows for the capture of information around the yield variable. Everyone knows that yield is what affects the bottom line. An animal has to yield as much meat as possible in the most profitable way. Additionally, if you have the excellent tracing capabilities, you are able to pinpoint exactly what meat needs to be recalled, and exactly how much needs to be recalled. There are huge opportunities for savings here," says Gledhill.

Intentia expects the integrated solution to be available later this year.

What Intentia provides is a software product called Movex. It is an e-collaboration application that works in conjunction with the Scase systems, and allows companies to control product planning, procurement, financials and business intelligence. The complete business solution ranges anywhere from $250,000 to several million dollars.

More about Movex, implementing the solution

Implex (the Intentia method of implementation) delivers a process-oriented plan for the step-by-step implementation of the solution. Internal audits are conducted during each phase of the project to ensure that all the milestone criteria are met. Progress reports, focusing on specific results, are used as input to steering committee meetings. Implex projects include the following: designing business processes, configuring business solutions and implementing the solution and start-up production.

The purpose of the first project phase is to define project objectives, understand the business environment and agree upon methods for refining business processes and structures. Core business processes are identified based on analysis of existing product flows, business structures and customer needs.

"A great deal of effort is devoted to establishing the project organization," says Gledhill. "A steering committee is formed and the contract is converted into a Project Definition document. This is a rather comprehensive document defining project scope and deliverables, schedules, responsibilities, change-management routines and a quality plan." Finally, a number of Process Owners are appointed to participate actively in the project to ensure that customer business processes are defined correctly.
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Title Annotation:Mad Cow testing equipment
Comment:Tracing the trails of livestock.(Mad Cow testing equipment)
Author:Kindle, Lauryn
Publication:Food Processing
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2001
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