Was the recent e.coli settlement a supply chain problem?

May 14th, 2010

The recent settlement of the case of an e.coli victim supports the continuing need for a traceable supply chain and better due diligence in the procurement process.

We have posted many time on the need for a traceable supply chain and the need for better due diligence throughout the procurement process including plant, farm and other source inspections. Keeping this data in a format that is searchable in the supplier vetting process is paramount to mitigating risk to consumers, suppliers, manufacturers and other areas of the supply chain is just to great without it.

Cargill Inc. which is a great agribusiness announced yesterday that they were responsible for the life shattering injuries suffered by Stephanie Smith by eating a contaminated burger in 2007. The parties agreed to settle the law suite and the terms were not disclosed beyond that Cargill agreed to cover her care for the rest of her life.

The debate on food safety continues and as it does drives the need for compliance at all levels of the supply chain from the farm to the table and the capability of tracing finished goods from the consumer to the source in order to. Without these tools issues like this will continue to happen.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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