Traceability Meat

Traceability Meat

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

Benefits for the consumer
  • food safety through the withdrawal of the products in case of emergency
  • public safety through the withdrawal of food from sale
  • controlof the animal diseases
  • prevention from faud
Benefits for companies
  • adequacy to law
  • capacity of adopting quick actions to wihdraw from commerce dangerous products and safeguard the company's image
  • reduction of costs for an eventual withdrawal of products from the market.
Voluntary traceability
  • Benefits for the consumer
  • increase of warranty for the identification of the ingredients
  • wide choice of products produced in different areas, and with different modalities
  • immediate availability of the information concerning both the chain and the products
Benefits for the companies
  • possibility to distinguish in the market
  • possibility to guarantee the authenticity of the information
  • decrease of costs of the internal organization of the chain
  • reduction of the information to record, because already part of the information system of the chain
  • help to choose the suppliers and the monitoring of the customers.