Animal tracking to ensure a healthy, traceable food chain


This past July, I wrote about how DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) published a notice of a regulatory change that will affect sheep herdsmen in the U.K. starting January 1, 2010.

Effectively, the legislation requires information about the animals to be tracked to ensure a healthy, traceable food chain. Here is an update on our progress in supporting the regulatory changes:

Both in anticipation of the legislation and to meet our ongoing objective of putting the customers first, HID Global has focused on expanding manufacturing capacity and improving operational efficiency. While HID has always focused on ensuring that we deliver the best quality and service to our customers - in the face of change - we do not sacrifice out-of-the-box performance, delivery lead times or customer service. In fact, operationally, we have implemented new systems to ensure stable stock of raw materials and finished product availability to meet our customer’s growing needs. These improvements make it easier for customers to do business with us, as well as save them both time and resources.

These organizational improvements are not limited to livestock. In the near future, you’ll hear about a program we’re launching in the New Year to help our customers in the pet ID market. As I remarked this past summer, by working closely with our integrator partners and equipment suppliers in the market in anticipation of changes that we all succeed in the end. And knowing that their success is dependent upon HID quality, reliability and delivery - it’s a pleasure to work to meet and exceed these goals.

As we continue to stay abreast of legislation in the animal ID market, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any and all ideas of how we can continue to improve.