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Record number 507665
Title Defining and Analyzing Traceability Systems in Food Supply Chains
Author(s) Scholten, H.; Verdouw, C.N.; Beulens, A.J.M.; Vorst, J.G.A.J. van der
Source In: Advances in Food Traceability Techniques and Technologies / Espiñeira, M., Santaclara, F.J., Elsevier (Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition ) - ISBN 9780081003107 - p. 9 - 33.
Department(s) Information Technology
LEI Innovation, Risk and Information Management
SSG Management (WUMW)Directie
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2016
Abstract Traceability is considered to be a vital issue for all stakeholders in food supply chains. The most important driver is the increasing societal need to guarantee food quality and provenance. Because consumers cannot know in detail what processing steps are executed in the production of food and what ingredients or resources are used in these steps, they want to be assured that food products are safe, healthy, sustainable, and of high and consistent quality. The need for guarantees is strengthened by the continuing sequence of food calamities, which have required massive product recalls, sometimes even on a European scale. Recent examples include the horse meat scandal and the Escherichia coli outbreak. The societal concern about food safety has resulted in a lot of legislation, including, for example, the obligation for traceability in the European General Food Law (Article 18). Food companies have to comply with consumers' demands and legislation. Moreover, they want to minimize costs and image damage when incidents occur. On the other hand, traceability optimizes business processes along the supply chain in order to improve efficiency and reduce lead times and food waste, among other things.
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