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Do We Need Food Traceability?

When people are at risk of food borne illnesses, being able to find the source quickly is critical.

What does food traceability mean? In the general sense, it means being able to know where your food comes from. But it also means that the data about the growth, transportation, and handling are available for analysis. Many people are aware of the need to trace food back to its source when an out break of E. coli or Listeria occurs. Without traceability systems in place, more consumers' are at risk for health issues. Collecting the many types information needed to trace agricultural products and their resultant packaged food is very complex and requires the cooperation of many companies, organizations, and government entities. Food Traceability: One Ingredient in a Safe and Efficient Food Supply offers an in-depth view of the many dimensions to traceability. Even though many agree food traceability is a great idea, getting all the parties on board is cumbersome. Understanding competing interests and conflicting requirements requires large investments in resources, that for some companies can be unaffordable. Fortunately, software helps bring a level of compliance with certain standards and allows for quick adoption of new processes when requirements change.

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