So, now that we know a little bit about what PTI is, the question remains: why are PTI labels so important?
Over the years, there have been many instances of foodborne illnesses wreaking havoc on public health and safety, leading to countless sick individuals, cases of hospitalizations, and, in severe cases, death. PTI labels are for food safety, reassuring consumers that measures are in place to protect them from harmful products.
With billions of cases of produce being handled each year, these industry labels limit the scope of recalls, allowing for less of a harmful impact on buyers, consumers, and businesses alike.
For example, say there is a recall on fresh strawberries. Without PTI labels, companies and businesses would not be able to know if their stock is affected by the contamination. This would result in every company and business removing their entire inventory of strawberries from the shelf as a safety precaution, leading to an unprecedented loss in products and profits.
By using PTI labels, the overall scope of the contaminated items is limited, meaning it will cost less to quickly remove harmful, affected items from the market and still allow for unaffected products to be safely sold and consumed.