In this article, we provide a useful overview of what food traceability means for processing companies. Why it matters, what a traceability system should include, and how you can implement an efficient, reliable traceability system to minimize food contamination risks. Let’s get started.
What is food traceability?
Traceability is a term you hear a lot in the food industry, but what does it mean in practice? Put simply, it’s the ability to track and trace food and other agricultural products through every stage of the supply chain.
For food producers, this means that you need to have a reliable process in place to record the origin of all ingredients and the destination of all products. You must be able to trace any product’s movements one step backward and one step forward at any point in your process so that you always know precisely:
- What you received, what you did to it, and what you delivered
- Which raw materials you used to produce the final products
- Which final products you produced from the raw materials
- What went wrong, should a problem arise
Time is also key. The faster you can trace an issue, the faster you can fix it. To achieve this level of speed and precision, you need a software solution that can perform all of these functions in an instant.