More than 200 people gathered in the Veterans Memorial Hall in Yuba City, California, to talk about walnuts last month.  The annual Walnut Day run by the University of California Cooperative Extension brought walnut growers and university extension specialists together to talk about food safety, regulations, and the state of the walnut industry on February 5.  

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increases inspections and growers focus on food safety, the walnut industry is focusing on traceability.  “We need to be able to track it from the farm all the way to the fork,” said Jennifer Getz, marketing director for the California Walnut Board.  

Several varieties of tree nuts have been recalled for potential Salmonella contamination in recent years; almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios have all graced the FDA recall page.  Experts are trying to determine how Salmonella bacteria contaminate tree nuts so better prevention measures can be implemented.  

  • “We need to be able to track it from the farm all the way to the fork,” said Jennifer Getz, marketing director for the California Walnut Board.
    Here at ScoringAg we have a complete interoperable Field to Fork UNIX database with Site-Specific Recordkeeping ™ and standardized records that includes food, feed and SSOP and HACCP as well as containers and machinery records in one simple world-wide working system. The question is not to be able to track but to absolutely track for the mandatory FDA/FSIS rules of recall no matter how manny handlers were involved.
    ScoringAg’s database can integrate information of any other database. ScoringAg records starts on the field and ends at the retail store with an automatically created traceback code as an unique identifier. These unique SSI-EID traceback codes stay with the product from planting throughout any processing and comingling process without loosing its identity.
    ScoringAg location records for every food handler, including transporter show the full pedigree of the origin, handling and previous distribution history of the food. Since we have had recalls in almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios and now pecans it can be a risky business not having a full blowen traceback and trace-up system operating with common data elements like the Walnut Board is talking about to their members.
    ScoringAg’s production records show all stages of growing, maintaining, harvesting, shipping, storing, packing, sorting, transporting, processing, warehouse storage, and who done it while showing the sanitation and verification date time stamped requirements.
    ScoringAg entity records can record all data for all agriculture commodities include manure use, site audits, water quality, employee hygiene, sanitation and animal control,and temperature controls with product testing.
    ScoringAg’s database records allow to upload any type of certification documents, like field audits, tests, paper records, pictures or videos. ScoringAg’s archiving system allows everybody from famer to retailer to store the records according to the individual Countries law. As food safety, regulations, and traceback codes with documents are needed to prove traceability, then all the California Walnut Board producers should have put Jennifer Getz’s comments on their to do list.