Traceability in the feed and food chain – General principles and basic requirements for system design and implementation
Feed/food companies and chains interested in implementing a voluntary traceability system.
Reasons and benefits
- It combines the concepts of traceability and chain to satisfy consumer needs in terms of guarantee “from the field to the table”.
- It is effective in enhancing the origin of a product or particularly characteristic ingredients.
- It could be a useful tool for consolidation in niche markets, enhancing local products, traditional processing methods, ingredients with particularly genuine, local or healthy characteristics.
Defines the principles and specifies the requirements to implement a traceability system for food and feed products, tracing back the raw materials used and tracking the component parts of the product until it reaches the consumer.
Adoption of the Standard leads to:
- greater transparency and acceptance of responsibility by all the producers in the chain;
- continuous identification of the flow of materials and activities which contribute to making the product;
- added value for the food product as the process is controlled from beginning to end of the chain;
- in the case of an emergency, better identification and thus consequent isolation of the link responsible;
- improved relations among companies adhering to the traceability principles throughout the chain;
- better relations between suppliers and intermediaries.