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PTI explored at seminar in South Florida

Produce industry leaders met Sept. 19 in Miami to discuss the newest developments in PTI and food safety.

Ed Treacy of the Produce Marketing Association and Dan Vaché of the United Fresh Produce Association spoke to over 130 produce professionals during this one-day event, which drew attendees from all segments of the industry, from growers to importers to retailers.

The seminar discussed how companies should view and implement vache.treacyDan Vaché and Ed Treacynew standards and requisites in the U.S. market in traceability and food safety.

"This workshop was designed to equip attendees with the knowledge and tools to move them to the next steps in implementing the PTI," Priscilla Lleras, coordinator for the Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association and the event organizer, said in a press release. "The response we received to this seminar emphasizes the importance of providing these interchanges with issue experts. This event was organized after the success of our previous PTI and food safety workshop in Peru last January."

Treacy, who is vice president of supply chain efficiencies at PMA, spoke on the components of PTI and explained the pending implementation dates. His presentation helped attendees identify how they can address the PTI requirements to continue operating as reliable suppliers.

Vaché, vice president of supply chain management for United Fresh, covered the benefits of PTI from the grower to the consumer, and helped attendees better understand produce traceability as an investment to the produce industry.

In addition to the unique perspectives of the keynote speakers, attendees were able to discuss the issues and network with a variety of logistics, traceability and food-safety companies during the event.

"Having the opportunity to share information and exchange ideas with colleagues in the industry just adds to the value of the information presented by our knowledgeable keynote speakers," Lleras added in the press release.

Presenter sponsors of the event included AFS Technologies, BSI, FoodLink, HarvestMark and Harvester Gear, while exhibitor sponsors were Customized Brokers, Hellman Perishable Logistics, Link Fresh, Locus Traxx and Port of Miami.