Is traceability a headache?

Under EU General Food Law, traceability is compulsory for all food companies. Every company must make sure they implement a special traceability system which documents one step forward and one step back in the supply chain

Under EU General Food Law, traceability is compulsory for all food companies. Every company must make sure they implement a special traceability system which documents one step forward and one step back in the supply chain, including the names and addresses of the supplier or customer, for each case.

If followed correctly, once a scandal or food safety scare happens, food businesses can immediately withdraw affected products from the market and where necessary, carry out product recalls, destroy any leftover affected product and inform the relevant authorities.

These regulations give the minimum standard for traceability. With many processed foods comprising a large number of ingredients, traceability can become extremely complex, particularly given the increasing globalisation of the food supply chain.

Using the Authenticate IS platform, manufacturers, suppliers and processors can go much further than the ‘one step forward’ and ‘one step back’ approach and can map the whole supply chain if necessary from ‘farm to fork’.

The challenge is not just mapping the supply chain once, but is rather keeping track of the chain as suppliers and ingredients change.

Having the correct traceability procedures in place can not only protect consumers against potentially dangerous safety blunders, but also protect your business, helping you make the right recall decisions quickly and safely.

So, can you provide traceability of all your food products and are the suppliers and customers in your supply chain following the required protocol?

The only way to answer these questions is to map the chain and audit the companies in it. Authenticate takes a collaborative approach to solving this problem – once you are on the system, information that is relevant to you becomes available. Its new audit and assessment module makes the whole process of auditing, contacting and keeping this process up to date, a whole lot easier. You can then take a proactive approach to the origins of supply and mitigate risk at the same time.

From a food company perspective, the important factor is that in the event of any recall or scandal, the extent of the problem can be swiftly determined and, therefore, the risk can be minimised.

For more information about how to join the Authenticate IS platform or maximise your membership and safeguard your food business, call us on 01423 548 583 or email enquiries@authenticateis.com

Posted by: Authenticate 03/10/2017