AgInfoLink USA, a privately held food traceability information solutions provider, announced today that it has received USDA Process Verification Program (PVP) approval.
A key component of AgInfoLink's Process Verified Program is the ability to connect data across the meat and livestock supply chain. An immediate application of AgInfoLink's PVP will be age and source verification for livestock producers and processors. AgInfoLink will deliver this verification through its approved alliance customers like Beef Verification Solutions in Kansas and Kentucky Beef Network, or directly with other approved producers.
Process Verification Program Approval is an important step in validating AgInfoLink's traceability products according to William R. Pape, AgInfoLink USA Chairman and CEO. "Today's marketplace demands data verification including source and age verification for a growing number of marketing channels. AgInfoLink's Process Verified Program offers an auditable information trail to substantiate a wide variety of program claims. USDA's approval of our Process Verification System is a significant benefit for our customers."
"Beef Verification Solution was originally created to address the need for animal identification within the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), but we also saw the marketplace was demanding animal traceability to satisfy consumer demands for source verification. We wanted our program to be flexible enough for Kansas farmers and ranchers to take advantage of these new market opportunities. AgInfoLink has delivered," said Mark Nelson, Team Leader for Agriculture Solutions' Beef Verification Solution Program.
AgInfoLink's Process Verification Program approval gives customers the opportunity and flexibility to participate in a wide variety of marketing channels. They can collect a number of data points in order to substantiate age, source and process verification. Data collection may occur with any of AgInfoLink's traceability tools and through third-party systems.
AgInfoLink creates Private Data Sharing Networks (PDSN) that allow the traceability of raw materials through finished food products. AgInfoLink identifies each unit of production, enables data collection, provides secure data storage, and facilitates data transfer and sharing according to the business rules established by PDSN customers. A primary benefit of the PDSN is that it can connect databases from different companies and provide a coherent cross-company information flow and end-to-end data integrity.