Traceability for Standard Compliance and Process Improvement

Comply with Legal Requirements while Improving Process Efficiency

Reoccurring incidents such as e-coli in spinach and dioxin in pork emphasize the rising importance of efficient traceability. Tracking & tracing food, feed, and food-producing animals through production and distribution stages is proving vital to consumer safety and company reputations.

Food Safety regulations such as EU178/ 2002 or US Bioterrorism Act, as well as retail-driven standards, require food suppliers to assure traceability on a one-up/one-down principle but do not dictate methods. Some companies comply using paper-based systems; others may require full networked computer and bar code systems to effectively meet requirements.

This paper focuses on in-plant traceability and discusses how good traceability not only helps a manufacturer comply with legal and regulatory requirements; it also shows how the right systems and equipment can contribute to production efficiency through better stock management and minimized waste.