Global testing, inspection certification company Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services announced a new collaboration with New Zealand-based forensic food-science firm Oritain to provide their scientific traceability services as part of Bureau Veritas’ Origin Traceability Solution.
Announced at the end of July, Oritain uses forensic science to create a unique geochemical fingerprint specific to the product’s point of origin that cannot be copied or tampered with, ensuring the highest level of security to global supply chains.
Bureau Veritas brings increased global scale and reach to Oritain’s scientific traceability with its leadership position within the retail and consumer goods marketplace, while Oritain’s expertise and experience in origin verification provide a new tool for Bureau Veritas to add to its comprehensive product offerings.
Through the collaboration with Oritain, Bureau Veritas clients will also be able to access scientific traceability testing, as part of Bureau Veritas traceability services, including factory and facility audits that audit the production capability and performance of a factory against Bureau Veritas’ Material Traceability Facility Assessment methodology. A corrective action plan is set up to help facilities who do not achieve an acceptable score within the Material Traceability Audit.
Another service provided is production verification where periodic unannounced visits to manufacturing sites during scheduled production are used to verify that quantities of materials, work in process, and finished goods are supported by adequate traceability records, with Oritain’s scientific traceability now included to underpin verification where appropriate.
Lastly, there is the information management offering, with Bureau Veritas using its industry leading BV OneSource Web-based supply chain quality management platform to manage test reports, audit reports, and correct action plans. In addition, the recently announced BV Origin block chain solution provides the capability of complete consumer facing traceability built on the foundation of Bureau Veritas audit and verification services as well as Oritain scientific traceability.
“We are very pleased to add Oritain Scientific Traceability to the array of tools that we use to design solutions for our clients’ traceability challenges. In this day and age, plausible deniability is no longer an effective response to the questions of who, what, where and when. Companies must have full view of their entire supply chain and be able to answer those questions expeditiously,” Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services VP Rajan Kamalanathan said in a statement.
“We’re very pleased to announce this collaboration, which builds on Oritain and Bureau Veritas’ existing working relationship within the auditing space. There is a global crisis of trust in the products we buy, the food we eat and the clothes we wear,” Oritain UK executive director Rupert Hodges added.