Last week, Whole Foods Market was forced to put out an apologetic press release after discovering that it had accidentally distributed two salads whose labels had been mixed up during the packaging process.
Country-of-origin labeling was first mandated by Congress in 2002, expanded to include new products in 2008 and put into effect in 2009. However, the implementation process has been plagued by a number of different obstacles, including an international legal drama that could reach a climax later this month.
The government of India is pushing new barcode labeling requirements for pharmaceutical products as part of an effort to create a nationwide track-and-trace system to weed out counterfeiting operations and bolster the country's reputation as a supplier of high-quality goods.
South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently announced that it is implementing a new regulatory scheme, which will require products imported from certain areas of Israel to carry special labels alerting consumers of the items' origins.
On Thursday, four major Japanese automakers announced that they are recalling more than 3 million vehicles as a result of problems with their airbags, which are believed to pose serious risks to drivers and passengers.
A California sushi restaurant recently launched a program that promises to take the concept of product traceability to a whole new level.
The ability to track and trace products within the supply chain is an increasingly critical capability for companies in multiple sectors, because it allows claims about an item's origins to be verified and the place that a product was manufactured is often viewed as a key indicator of its quality.
Pallimed Solutions has initiated a recall of more than a dozen products, which were distributed in 15 states. However, the recall process has raised new questions about the company's practices.
With new drug pedigree requirements coming into effect in California during 2015, pharmaceutical companies are on the verge of a new phase, in which product serialization and real-time visibility are increasingly standard throughout the industry.
No doubt the burglar thought he had made a clean getaway, but in his haste to escape with the pilfered narcotics, the perpetrator left behind the pickaxe he had used to break through the wall. And, more importantly, he left behind the barcode label that was attached to the item.
In January 2012, the Obama Administration introduced the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security. The White House recently released an update on the government's progress in implementing the strategy.
On February 26, the Postal Service published a pertinent notice in the Federal Register, informing mailers that it is "exploring the advisability of requiring the use of Intelligent Mail package barcodes (IMpb) or unique tracking Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMb) on all commercial parcels."