Which system works best for the new Food Safety laws?

FDA will not mandate a particular system but they will have requirements about recordkeeping and Traceback. The industry has to find the system that works for their requirements whether produce, whole grains, meats, processed or commingled raw feeds, ingredients or beverages.

As there is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there we try to help with the table below to find the best and most efficient and inexpensive system.

FDA requirements


About the different systems

PTI / GS-1 Initiative and related system providers with GTIN Numbers

ScoringAg System

What is the development status of each system as they relate to the new food safety law?

It is an initiative: the idea of someone or a group to come up with a program without a specified time lime

It is a complete & ready to use database system built over several years and working since 2005 integrating all the Food Safety and Traceback requirements for all food and feed commodities

Is the system mandated by the Government?


it is just an initiative/idea with no meaning behind the barcode numbers or specs on how it works

This database has been working internationally for many years and incorporates all requirements mandated by the various Governments

Full Traceback from field to fork of all food handlers, no more 1 up and 1 down traceability

What happens when full Traceback becomes mandatory?

All initiatives will need to incorporate the Government requirements.

Still trying to build-in for full Traceback compliance with interoperability

ScoringAg will be the simplest solution as it has all attributes required by the new laws. In fact, the way the system is built facilitates making changes or additions to stay in step with the law, can be made immediately without any cost to the user

Electronic farm records

What recordkeeping system is provided?

No record keeping system is available for farmers, transporters or any food/feed handlers

This is a complete online recordkeeping system with GAP and HACCP records + more for the grower, shipper, packer and every food handler up to the retailer

All raw agriculture products, food and feed, processed food will be covered by the new laws

GS-1 does not have any software programs that are available to handle different food /feed commodities

ScoringAg covers all agriculture and aquaculture products; keeping records in one single system, including the integration of packaging with containers, pallets, harvest machines as well as employee sanitation records

Do I have to buy a software program?


You will need your own program and server and IT people coupled with a secure back-up system


You can open an Account online for $10.10 for a very small farm, which includes 15 crop records on 3 different fields (no matter the size) including photos for each field.

When shipping a box of fruit or vegetables on each of 220 days per year with a Traceback code the cost is $0.0025 per box or $0.55/yr

I have a farm or packing house management program in my operation. Can I still use it?

Yes, but you have to change the software and obtain a GTIN number. This number is only a brand tracking code, not a Traceback code with product documentation

Yes, you can send the Traceback related data to ScoringAg and it automatically creates a Traceback Code for every item or case. The code is free and can be printed on any existing label or entered onto a rubber stamp by small farmers

Can I afford the system?

This is a worldwide effort to eliminate the PLU numbers. The GS-1 number catalog and on-side computer system creates hurdles for small producers, re-packers, processors, mom and pop stores and ethnic stores. The burden of all labeling is thus, at the farm level.

ScoringAg is inexpensive, easy to use and the Traceback code is human readable.


2 billion farmers worldwide feed 4 billion people

Unique Identifier Code

(integer code)

Is a lot number or GTIN brand product number a unique identifier?


GTIN Numbers can be duplicated. Lot numbers can be duplicated in the next County, State or Country


The system automatically creates unique identifier code for every product and every location in the world.

Needs to be an Interoperable system

What is an interoperable system?

The system does not lend itself to interoperability since there is no databank or documentation behind the GTIN numbers

ScoringAg is the only interoperable system that allows uploading existing Traceback relevant data from any software program. The Traceback records in ScoringAg's UNIX-database can be moved within the database to the next owner in the most secure way (no fax, no email)

24 hour access to electronic records

How can I comply with this rule?

You will need a software program on your own server running 24/7/365 to access your data. This could compromise the security for the rest of your company's data!

In the webbased system, the SSI-EID Traceback code can be entered from any computer in the world and the public information for the product can be retrieved within seconds through the entire supply chain.

Try this code SSI_43E955278F by entering it in www.ScoringAg.com or www.Traceback.com in

SSI-EID Search:

There is no access to your operations data or your management software

I already have a free GTIN number

Does not accept any Traceback coding

You can enter the GTIN number or other identifiers in a specific field in a ScoringAg record if needed or requested

Required all-up and all down Traceback




GTIN-Numbers are brand tracking codes and it has nothing to do with Traceback or food safety

ScoringAg's SSI-EID code is a full up and down Traceback code in a database. The records are about food safety and prevention (GAP, HACCP etc.)

Do I have to label every product or every case?

Yes, but not at item-level; only case label ability

As the barcode is free you can label every item as branded product. You can also label cases and pallets or any other container to facilitate easy and fast Traceback

Julian date and variety requests by the industry, readable and bar-coded

GTIN number barcode does not have a Julian date or a variety; you have to add it in a separate way

ScoringAg records automatically create the Julian date and carry the variety on the public portion of the record. The barcode contains all this information.

When shipping on a pallet, does every case have to have a label?


Only with GS-1 to make the system work.

The database carries the SSI-EID Traceback and Trace-up code for each pallet as well as for cases or at item-level. Thus, a mixed product pallet carries multiple case codes

We do cross-docking. Do we have to read every label on a box on a pallet?

Yes, this is the only way GS-1 works; you have to un-wrap every pallet to read the barcode on each box and then stack it back together and re-wrap it. (this helps to create jobs!)

It slows down the speed of commerce in every food handling facility

No, You read the SSI-EID code on the label on the pallet and it tells you every box on the pallet and also what's in the box, variety, amount, and size of product etc.

Once a pallet is loaded and referenced to a pallet ID it becomes a cost effective entity with complete ID Traceback

We reassemble pallets with different cases of food/feed

Same as above. You have to read the barcode on every case incoming and outgoing

You read the SSI-EID code on the label of the case and move the record within the system with a mouse click to the any pallet

We are re-packers, processors and commingle a lot of mixed products on a pallet

Can be done with any of these systems. Would need special software and IT engineers

You read the SSI-EID code on the incoming product and move the commingled products with the record to the container or pallet with one mouse click

Data storage at retail level

I'm a retailer. How can I store the records from the farm up to our store?

No farm records or record movements is possible with GTIN barcode numbers.

You will need to install your own system and ask all suppliers for complete records or access the data on their servers.

Yes, the farm, transporter, re-packer, and processor records move with the product and can be traced and archived, as long as the law requires (every country has different laws).

Consumer readable code information and barcodes

How do I find the Traceback code after the shipping box or case is compacted for trash

There is no way to find it unless you peal every label off the box and store them somewhere.

The barcode is not human readable, only with a scanner

Yes, all records are in your account and you can look it up at any time for inspections or for recalls in seconds via ScoringAg's UNIX database.

Everyone can read the

SSI-EID code at item or case level and enter them in the search field to read the public data (see above)

As a retailer I have many kinds

of commodities, from meat and flavorings to produce including dry and manufactured food and feed

Is only for produce tracing without any documentation records

ScoringAg Traceback records include every agriculture product, raw, commingled or manufactured processed food in the same system. The retailer only needs one system, one training for easily accessible on-line records that are inexpensive and also provide the necessary flexibility with archiving

The new synch word in the computer industry is Cloud Computing. This is being used by our worldwide hosting company Rackspace. The problem is, there is no firewall or security. It would take 8 minutes to switch ScoringAg into a cloud system. We do not believe a large retailer or grain storage company or a whole government would be interested in using it, when every IT computer person can look into the data. As long as there is no security ScoringAg will continue to run the 128-bit encrypted interoperable database to the satisfaction and strong support of their worldwide customers.

Consumers don not know about PTI / GS-1 and if they see a code, where can they search for the product? Where is the code book? Consumers want to know more about a product at item level, not only from which country it came from. With the ScoringAg Traceback code the consumer is able to check out an item-level product by entering the printed code into his computer or smart phone.

Both industry and the various world governments have already spent millions for dead end solutions of which we are all aware of. Many of these are only a part of the comprehensive solution developed by ScoringAg. Every recall involving a Traceback that requires more than 5 minutes proves that partial solutions are costly and yet this sort of traceability is repeated over and over again.

The economic situations we are facing do not allow businesses or governments to waste time and money. Let us get started with what is available and with what works everyday: ScoringAg!

Best Regards,

Brunhilde Merker
Chief Executive Officer
Site-Specific Recordkeeping
Point-to-Point Traceback


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