The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has launched ePIF — a technology-driven initiative to track food at various stages of the supply chain. The first element under the AFGC’s Authorised Food Data System initiative empowers food companies to better source and manage information on their products across the supply chain.
AFGC CEO Tanya Barden said that ePIF provides a technological asset for
industry players to meet the increasing costs of operating in a highlyregulated industry by enabling companies to track product information across its entire value chain.
Developed by the A$126-billion (US$100-billion) food industry in Australia and New Zealand, it allows food manufacturers to obtain and share information needed to meet obligations under regulatory requirements and industry codes with respect to food ingredients and finished products. Built on a decade’s worth of industry knowledge, ePIF features updated content on issues such as origin labelling and health star ratings, and is being translated into a range of businessto-business software solutions.
“This initiative has been developed to streamline the process of recording and reporting product information via the secure online portals, making it easier, faster and more flexible to use,” said Barden.