The theme of the food safety and of the medium to guarantee it, is nowadays the core of the political debate of the workers of the food chain. We talk of re-traceability or simply chain traceability. On a law point of view there is a difference between the compulsory traceability and the voluntary traceability. The compulsory traceability will be put into force from the 2005 as foreseen by the Reg. CEE 178/2002, that wants all the workers of the food sector to be capable to trace the origin of the elements used for the production and also to trace the destination of the products. In order to do so the workers of the sector must apply and produce procedure available the competent authorities concerning the entire chain.
Concerning the voluntary traceability or chain traceability it refers to the D.Lgs. 228/2001, concerning the State traceability systems. The voluntary traceability is essentially based on the referring standards UNI 10939:2001, that defines the principles, and specifies the requirements to adopt a traceable system, that records the history of the product, and also the responsibilities. The traceability of the Food chain certification of products certified under the Standards UNI 10939:2001 guarantees the necessary transparency of the food chain crews and establishes a basic ethic in the market.
The traceability of the food chain allows to trace the origin of products and reassures the customers. The traceability of food chain is included in the field of product's conformity and it has to be issued by accredited bodies following the standards UNI EN 45011. Compulsory traceability