Traceability in the food chain – ISO Globalization and cross-national trade of food products have increased the number of foodborne illness in many. STANDARD. ISO. First edition. Traceability in the feed and food chain —. General principles and basic requirements for system design and. This Indian Standard which is identical with ISO ‘Traceability in the feed International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was adopted by the.

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Globalization and cross-national trade of food products have increased the number of foodborne illness in many countries. Outbreaks of botulism, salmonellosis and listeriosis are considered to be the largest food poisoning outbreaks which cause millions of illnesses, thousands of hospitalizations, and many deaths every year. These food safety and public health concerns push companies to adopt preventive measures for product identification and traceability. Traceability, also known as product tracing, is the ability to track and follow the yraceability of products throughout the food chain.

Food chain is the term that comprises all stages and operations involved in the production, processing, distribution, storage and handling of a food and its ingredients, from primary production to consumption. Food producers, manufacturers, and retailers address the management of food safety and quality through implementation of isi safety and quality management systems based on international standards such as ISO and ISO Effective implementation and operation of these management systems requires the organizations to establish and maintain a traceability system.


This system enables the identification of product lots and their relation to batches of raw materials, processing and delivery records. Thus, traceability is of greater importance to food industry considering that food safety hazards can occur at any stage of the food chain.

Traceability in the Food Chain – ISO 22005:2007

So in case of a food incident occurrence, the traceability system will facilitate the process of product recall or withdrawal of defective or potentially unsafe products from the marketplace. Nowadays, traceability has become a regulatory requirement to protect human health and consumers interests in relation to food. National and international standards have made it even easier.

Identify the objectives of traceability system. Determine and document the material flow in a way it meets the objectives of the traceability system.

Define the information requirements: Establish procedures to assist the management of traceability information, including: Determine documentation required to achieve the objectives of the traceability system. It is important to be aware that the traceability system is simply a mean for attaining defined objectives in food safety.

And it is important not to hold high expectation, such as making traceability system itself as a food safety objective.

The international standard that contains the overall guidelines for food safety management systems is ISO The ability to trace the history, application and location of products up and down the supply chain is of high importance especially in the food chain. Establishment and application of a traceability system have become a mandatory requirement for food businesses, as it is a part of an overall food safety management system.


Organizations involved in the food chain willing to comply with and get traceabillty to the international standard for food safety management systems, ISOshould have their product traceability system in place. ISO is another standard of ISO series which gives the principles and basic requirements for the design and implementation of a food traceability system.

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Identify the objectives of traceability system; 2. Determine and document the material flow in a way it meets the objectives of the traceability system; 6.

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