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Seasoft Helps Eastern Fisheries Attain British Retail Consortium (BRC) Certification Under the Global Standard for Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

November 21, 2013 — Seasoft Software congratulates Eastern Fisheries, Inc. on their successful certification with the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Used by over 20,000 certificated suppliers in 90 countries, BRC is the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programs for food manufacture, packaging, storage, distribution and consumer products.

Based in New Bedford, Mass., Eastern Fisheries installed and went live with Seasoft earlier this year.

“Due to complex challenges in today’s food supply chain, many of the world’s largest food retailers are mandating supplier certification to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes, which include BRC,” said Lou Tarnowski, CFO at Eastern Fisheries. “While product traceability is just a component of the BRC’s rigorous, all-encompassing certification program, it is a critical piece nonetheless, and the Seasoft ERP software was instrumental in helping us meet these strict requirements.”

BRC Certification requirements for primary producers, manufacturers and distributors are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world so everything is rooted in practicality, rigor and clarity. Certification is earned under the auspices and standards established by the Global Standard for Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers everywhere, regardless of where they live and where the food is produced.

“As part of our certification process we conducted a series of mock recalls to demonstrate our ability to trace a specific lot all the way back to the original purchase order,” Tarnowski said. “Seasoft passed with flying colors, providing real-time access to information about the vendor that the product was acquired from as well as those customer or customers to whom it was sent.”

Traceability to the Lot Level

To provide certification-class traceability, Seasoft assigns a unique lot number to all inventory items received into the system and associates the lot number with the original purchase order. The lot numbers are recorded as inventory, sold to a customer or entered into production, so you know, at a moment’s notice, which vendor provided you with a product and which customer took delivery of a specific batch. And Seasoft always maintains a record of the original lot number, even for items that go through multiple production processes and have a new item numbers subsequently assigned to them.

With Seasoft, it’s simple to trace an item from a customer invoice back to its original purchase order as well. In addition, Seasoft can explode all of the information from an original purchase order to reveal what production processes the item has passed through, along with a complete accounting of where the finished product has been sold.

Seasoft’s can assist any organization seeking to ‘implement and maintain appropriate food safety management procedures and systems’ associated with BRC Certification or certification with any other major GFSI-compliant program, including the ability to:

  • Identify any outsourced production, inputs or services related to food safety;
  • Maintain a complete record of in-process material or final product and packaging throughout the production process;
  • Maintain a record of purchaser and delivery destination for all seafood products;
  • Provide product identification that includes, at a minimum, the origin (producer and country) and the date of production or packing;
  • Provide input product identification, including feed and feed additives that includes, at a minimum, the name of the producer and lot or batch number;

Kristine Brown, Sr. Project Manager at Seasoft said, “We understand that quality and safety is part of the foundation of each of our customers’ businesses. Seasoft’s traceability solution track product as it’s received, processed and moved through the supply chain, providing on-demand vendor information, lot numbers, PO, expiration date, country of origin, method of production (M.O.P.) and other information. This limits product recalls to those affected by the specific problem or vendor material lot, saving considerable money that an overly-broad recall would cost.”

About Seasoft Software

Seasoft Software is a fully integrated, turnkey business management solution that helps seafood processors and distributors enhance operational efficiency, reduce costs and maximize their
bottom line. Whether it’s improving inventory control, increasing production yields, pinpointing costs or responding quickly to a food safety issue, Seasoft’s integrated, easy-to-use software tools help you meet the challenges of weight-based, commodity-priced products where yields, lot and portion control, by-product accounting, settlement processing and multiple freezer and warehouse locations are of paramount importance.

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