Food Traceability Handbook from C.H.I.P.S.

Improving Traceability in Food Processing and Distribution
edited by Ian Smith

Improving Traceability in Food Processing and Distribution describes key components of traceability systems and how food manufacturers can manage them effectively.

Part 1 of the book reviews the role of traceability systems not only in ensuring food safety but in optimizing business performance.

Part 2 looks at ways of building traceability systems.

Part 3 reviews key traceability technologies such as DNA markers, electronic tagging of farm animals, ways of storing and transmitting traceability data, and the range of data carrier technologies.


Part 1: Traceability, Safety and Quality

Developing traceability systems across the food supply chain: an overview

  • Accommodating multi-functional traceability requirements
  • Item-specific data capture
  • The EAN.UCC coding system
  • Data carrier technologies
  • Linking item-attendant data and database information
  • The FOODTRACE project

Using traceability systems to optimise business performance

  • he FoodPrint approach
  • Key concepts in traceability
  • Traceability in food chains
  • Factors affecting traceability systems
  • The FoodPrint model for developing traceability systems
  • Phases in the development of a traceability system
  • Case studies

Optimising supply chains using traceability systems

  • The benefits of quality-oriented tracking and tracing systems
  • Demand and supply chain management
  • Product loss and out-of-stock levels
  • Causes of product loss and out-of-stock
  • Measures to control product loss and out-of-stock

Part 2: Building Traceability Systems

Modelling food supply chains for tracking and traceability

  • Developing a process model
  • Creating a tracking and tracing model
  • Process and product issues in modelling

Dealing with bottlenecks in traceability systems

  • Case-study: forest fruit quark
  • The process of identifying bottlenecks in traceability systems
  • Four types of bottleneck
  • Analysing and resolving bottlenecks

Including process information in traceability

  • Benefits for the industry and the consumer
  • Using process information to improve quality
  • Methods for collecting and storing information
  • Statistical methods for data analysis

Traceability of analytical measurements

  • The role of analytical measurements in evaluating product quality
  • Problems in tracing and comparing analytical measurements
  • Improving comparability of analytical measurements

Part 3: Traceability Technologies

DNA markers for animal and plant traceability

  • The role of DNA markers in traceability systems
  • DNA variation at the species and subspecies level
  • Traceability below the species level

Electronic identification and traceability of farm animals

  • Problems in tagging and traceability of cattle using electronic identification (EID)
  • The technical basis for animal identification by radio frequency (RFID)
  • EID equipment for animal identification on farms and at slaughterhouses
  • Using DNA profiling in the electronic identification of animals
  • Data management

Storing and transmitting traceability data across the food supply chain

  • Product identification data carrier technology
  • Condition and quality measuring data carrier technology
  • Data collection and processing
  • Practical applications of data carrier technology

The range of data carrier technologies for food traceability

  • Linear barcode systems and EAN.UCC adopted symbologies
  • EAN.UCC numbering system
  • Two-dimensional coding
  • Chip-based data carrier technologies and radio frequency identification
  • The electronic product code (EPC) system


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Improving Traceability in Food Processing and Distribution
edited by Ian Smith
2006 • 258 pages • $218.95 + shipping
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