Ferm O Feed has introduced a traceability system. In practice, this system means that the materials used in the production process and during logistic operations can be followed step by step.

The system enables us to monitor the quality from the raw materials to the product delivered to the customer. The system works as follows: during the production process codes are assigned to each production batch of Organic Fertilizers; the batch number then follows the ingredients/product on the journey to the place of administration. Samples are taken from each batch, and these samples undergo a general quality analysis. The results of these analyses are linked to the batch codes. If necessary, additional and more specific analyses can be performed on request, either during the production process or while packaging.

An example of such an analysis is testing to ensure that the product is free of pathogens. In this case the batch number is also printed on the delivery receipt and the invoice. This form of traceability is an extra service which we offer to our customers on request. The Eurogap standards and the requirements of some distribution chains can require registration of the products used during the production process. This often includes documenting the origin of the organic material and its sanitary quality. With a good traceability plan, like the one offered for the Organic

Fertilizers, the fruit and vegetable producer can demonstrate the composition, origin and sanitary quality of the organic fertiliser used. This is particularly important with regards to the absence of pathogens in Organic Fertilizers and for the natural origins of the product. At this time, a number of food distribution chains in the UK have already made Ferm O Feed’s traceability plan a requirement to accept the use of Organic Fertilizers as an organic material. Ferm O Feed can provide 2 methods of traceability.

The first method, which is also the most complicated and most expensive, is to follow the product from the organic raw material to the final product. We only offer this service to our customers if this strict requirement is necessary. After all, the quality control during the production process already provides sufficient guarantees. The product from each production batch is analysed to check its composition and confirm the absence of pathogens. Then the Organic Fertilizers is stored in bulk together with the other production batches. However, Organic Fertilizer that does not meet the defined quality standards is never allowed into this storage area. The second method of traceability is to analyse samples during the packaging process or during transport to the customer. These analyses are carried out in accordance with the instructions of the Organic Fertilizer customer. In this case, batches of Organic Fertilizer are made, and a sample is taken from each batch and then analysed.

A second sample is also taken from each batch, and stored for a certain period of time for any check analysis. Thanks to this second option combined with good quality control during the production process, most fruit and vegetable buyers accept the use of Organic Fertilizers.

A good traceability plan is very important for the fruit and vegetable producer.