DelVal Students and Professors Improve Food Traceability

Jul 22, 2008

Delaware Valley College Professor Rodney Gilbert and Director of MBA Program Tom Kennedy spoke on food traceability with the Bucks County Courier Times, a daily paper serving the Bucks and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, regions. The newspaper reaches approximately 43,000 daily subscribers.

Gilbert and Kennedy discussed Delaware Valley College's program to use new technology to help track the import process of Australian meat into the United States.

"Students and faculty will collect and record information from their own beef cows, now marked by yellow ID tags, to map out every point in their lives. That includes the animal's family lineage; what kind of grain it ate; whether it had its shots; when the vet came and why; who bought the cow; how the butcher processed the meat; and whether it was processed again by someone else.

'It's really exciting. This is really comprehensive,' said Kennedy, director of DelVal's Food and Agribusiness MBA program."

The traceability project aims to act as a preventive measure to track all steps of the food supply process. More attentive monitoring helps eliminate questions should a food-borne illness occur in any step of the process, from farm to table.