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Walmart Is Blazing A Trail In Traceability Standards

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By Samantha Cortez
Contributing Writer, Food Online

Retail giant reinforces PTI efforts with mandatory labeling system

Once again, Walmart has taken steps to improve the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). On January 1, 2014 the retailer began refusing any produce arriving at its distribution centers without a proper case label that met its new PTI standard.

PTI is an industry-led effort to enhance traceability throughout the produce supply chain, and Walmart’s — a long-time supporter of the initiative — efforts are one step closer to full transparency. 

This transparency is vital to protecting overall public health, creating the ability to trace produce from origin to retailer. The initiative gives insight into every aspect of the produce’s journey, making it possible to identify possible sources of contamination or other factors that could affect quality or delivery.

Walmart’s PTI efforts began back in November of last year. Hoping suppliers would jump on board imm…


Three weeks ago Mango World Magazine reported:

UPDATED: Watson stepping down from National Mango Board

04/10/2014 04:27:00 PM
Andy Nelson

William Watson plans to step down as executive director of the National Mango Board.

Watson, the only executive director in the Orlando, Fla.-based board’s history, will resign at the end of the year, he said.

Watson oversees the marketing, research and industry relations programs of the board, which was created in 2005. His contract runs through the end of 2014.

“The board is a fantastic place to work, and I think mangoes have a fantastic future, but it’s time for someone else to grab it and make it go,” he said.

The board has appointed a subcommittee to find a successor to Watson before his departure.

Bill Vogel, the board’s chairman, praised Watson’s tenure at the helm.

“The mango industry owes a large debt of gratitude for the formation and steerage of the National Man…