Food chain traceability
Demonstrate commitment to quality and safety while assuring the reliability of your suppliers.
A food chain traceability standard is applicable to document the history or identify the location of a product, or the relevant components, either inside an individual company or in a coordinated food chain system. This can help a company provide internal logistical and quality-related information, which can improve efficiency (e.g. appropriate stock rotation). Upstream, it can provide credibility to a product with undetectable quality attributes.
A safe food product is the result of all the processes and handling activities carried out throughout the entire food chain. A proper traceability system can help create a feedback loop to improve product quality, conditions and delivery, optimizing related costs. It also helps provide transparency in distribution routes and improve supply chain efficiency and trading partner collaboration.
What is food chain traceability
Traceability is a key item both in food legislation (e.g. EU Reg. 178/2002) and in the food safety standards (e.g. ISO 22000). The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides this technical standard to enable a harmonized approach to traceability systems in accordance with the available best practices. The standard for traceability in the feed and food chain, ISO 22005, provides general principles and basic requirements for system design and implementation.
Food chain traceability certification makes individual company processes more visible and reliable, allowing you to communicate a message of trust and accountability. The standards provide a framework to establish an effective and flexible traceability system to meet different objectives, such as:
- Supporting food safety or quality objectives;
- Documenting the history or origin of the product;
- Facilitating withdrawal and/or recall of products;
- Identifying responsible parties in the feed and food chain;
- Facilitating verification of specific information about the product;
- Communicating information to relevant stakeholders and consumers.