A Product Information Form (PIF) is a standardized set of questions developed for Australia and New Zealand by experts for the food industry.
This single piece of document will contain information related to food ingredients and finished products systematically.
A PIF Manager offers your Food Company an avenue to centrally update, manage and share PIF documents while adhering to the regulatory legislation in place.
What is PIF V6.0?
PIF V6.0 is an authorized food data system by the Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC). The main improvement from its predecessor is the transition into business-to-business software solutions than a standalone Excel spreadsheet.
The content of the document reflects the new regulations brought into effect by authorities, including:
- Country of Origin
- Allergen details
- Quarantine and biosecurity
- Pre-market clearance
- Traceability Information
You can partner with any of the AFGC authorized PIF Vendor Companies and upgrade to PIF V6.0.
5 Reasons Why Your Food Company Needs A PIF Manager
1. Streamline Business Process
PIF Online is the new business process introduced by the AFGC to facilitate the easy sharing of information contained in PIF V6.0. An online portal ensures information is accurately recorded and updated in centralized storage compared to multiple standalone documents.
Once compiled, you can choose to transfer the PIF to any recipient or receive PIFs from your suppliers. Information is stored digitally, and your team can centrally update, manage, store and share data, all under the umbrella of a single online portal.
As mentioned above, PIF V6.0 considers the new rules and regulations brought forward by Australian and New Zealand authorities. Details such as samples, flavors, retail-ready products have been introduced in the newest PIF version.
Using a PIF Manager ensures your Food Company complies with the most up-to-date revisions with the PIF document.
3. Reduce Human error
With the earlier PIFs being in Excel format, maintaining and referring to a single accurate version of the document was easier said than done. The document was prone to human errors leading to unnecessary and avoidable mistakes.
With an online portal, data is organized centrally. Information is exchanged digitally, eliminating the need for human intervention to re-type any information.
Data is stored in a secure and central data repository. The historical accuracy of PIF documents is maintained with the use of version controls. You have complete visibility over data and the changes applied to it.
With this streamlined approach, authorized personnel can sort and access any information they need on the same portal with just a few clicks. Moreover, every field in PIF V6.0 is searchable, making the process of research and reporting easier.
5. Data comparison
Automated comparison is one of the many benefits of an online portal. You can choose to compare any of the PIF documents and receive a report highlighting the variations between them.
This feature provides accurate results while saving both time and effort.
The aim of PIF in moving to a secure online portal is to both standardize the process of reporting food product information and facilitating easy management of data for all parties involved.
You can get in touch with any of the AFGC authorized PIF Vendors to begin your transition process to PIF V6.0.