Complying With PTI - Produce Traceability Initiative

The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is an industry-led effort to enhance traceability throughout the entire produce supply chain. The Initiative’s sponsor associations include United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh), Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Produce Marketing Association (PMA). The PTI Action Plan outlines the steps for achieving traceability at the case level by 2012, and the Produce Traceability Initiative website provides an industry resource for open discussion and exchange of information (

ID Technology can provide support for this initiative with a range of labeling, coding and marking solutions, from Label Printer Applicators, to High Resolution Inkjet printing to Laser Coding. Each of these technologies offer solutions for labeling and marking cases and pallets to meet the requirements of the Produce Traceability Initiative.

One of the main requirements of PTI is the use of the GS1-128 barcode symbology. Some of the specifications of the symbology are:

  • Starts with an Application Identifier (AI) of “01”
  • Implementation guide references labels
  • Includes a GTIN (Global Trade Identification Number) which is a total of 14 characters long. The first two characters are the AI of “01”, the next character is an indicator for packaging level and the next twelve characters are the manufacturer number and the product number. The last character “5” is the check digit
  • Includes an AI of “10”, which signifies lot code and the next nine characters “022208ABC” are the actual lot code
  • GS1 specification for a GS1-128 bar code is a minimum of an ANSI C barcode grade
  • The maximum width of the bar code inclusive of quiet zones is 6.5”

PTI Carton Compliance - Labels

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