Traceability

Traceability concerns tracking the journey of food along the food chain, from producer to consumer. In the event of a food incident it enables the identification and subsequent withdrawal or recall of unsafe food from the market. Regulation can ensure that people have useful information about where their food comes from. Transparency from the food industry instils confidence. Systems of traceability and recall continue to develop and improve with advances in technology such as bar-coding, radio frequency identification, global data synchronisation and authenticity testing of foods.


DNA testing of foods (Q&A)

08 December 2016

DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) is the unique hereditary material in all cells, and is found in animals and plants, and therefore in our food...


Food packaging unwrapped

15 September 2016

Food packaging plays an important role in protecting and delaying chemical, physical, and biological deterioration. In this way, even simple packaging (such as glass, metal, plastics...


Food chain transparency: Past, present, and future

25 November 2015

Food chain transparency is the concept of knowing and having access to product related information (where does it come from, how it is processed and stored, etc...


Food traceability: Cornerstone of EU food safety policy

12 February 2014

Following the political fallout and damage to consumer confidence and the food industry caused by the BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) known as “mad cow disease” crisis of the 1990s, the EU...


European Union action plan to tackle food fraud

04 December 2013

Despite the integrity of the majority of the food industry and their commitment to consumer protection and consumer confidence, the issue of food fraud has gained attention in recent times...


DNA barcoding: A new tool for food traceability

02 May 2013

In a review published in Food Research International, researchers at University of Milan and University of Trieste analysed the findings from several studies to exploit the effectiveness of DNA barcoding...


Food safety controls in the European Union

30 November 2011

Over the last few decades a succession of high profile food scares has shaken consumer confidence in the safety of food products. In the EU these food scares were the major driving force in the establishment of food safety legislation and infrastructure in order to restore confidence in the food supply chain, ‘from farm to fork’.