Improving traceability in food processing and distribution

Edited by I Smith and A Furness, 
Woodhead  March 2006  

Hardcover  272 pp  ISBN 9781855739598      £145.00
  • describes traceability systems and how food manufacturers can manage them effectively
  • edited by two leading experts in the field

In the light of recent legislation and a number of food safety incidents, traceability of food products back from the consumer to the very beginning of the supply chain has never been so important. This important book describes key components of traceability systems and how food manufacturers can manage them effectively.

After an introductory chapter on the nature of traceability systems, the first part of the book reviews the role of traceability systems not only in ensuring food safety but in optimising business performance. Part 2 looks at ways of building traceability systems, with chapters on modelling, identifying and resolving bottlenecks in traceability systems, including process information and tracing analytical measurements. 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.

Improving traceability in food processing and distribution will be an important reference for QA staff in the food industry in meeting regulatory requirements and improving the safety and quality of food products.



Developing traceability systems across the food supply chain: an overview, A Furness, AIM, and K A Osman, Centre for Automatic Identification and Intelligent Systems, UK - Introduction - 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 - Conclusions

Using traceability systems to optimise business performance, F Verdenius, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands - Introduction: the 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 - Conclusions - References

Optimising supply chains using traceability systems, F-P Scheer, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands - Introduction: 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 - Conclusions - References


Modelling food supply chains for tracking and traceability, L Hulzebos and N Koenderink, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands - Introduction - Developing a process model - Creating a tracking and tracing model - Process and product issues in modelling - Future trends - Conclusion - References

Dealing with bottlenecks in traceability systems, N Koenderink and L Hulzebos, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands - Introduction - Case-study: forest fruit quark - The process of identifying bottlenecks in traceability systems - Four types of bottleneck - Analysing and resolving bottlenecks - Future trends - Conclusion

Including process information in traceability, M Klafft, J Huen, C Kuhn, E Huen and S Wößner, Fraunhofer Institut Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung, Germany - Introduction: benefits for the industry and the consumer - Using process information to improve quality - Methods for collecting and storing information - Statistical methods for data analysis - Conclusion - Future trends - Sources of further information and advice - References

Traceability of analytical measurements, M F Camoes and R Bettencourt da Silva, University of Lisbon, Portugal - Introduction: the role of analytical measurements in evaluating product quality - Problems in tracing and comparing analytical measurements - Improving comparability of analytical measurements - Future trends - References


DNA markers for animal and plant traceability, J A Lenstra, Utrecht University, The Netherlands - Introduction: the role of DNA markers in traceability systems - DNA variation at the species and subspecies level - Traceability below the species level - Future trends - References

Electronic identification and traceability of farm animals, A Poucet, C Korn, U Meloni, I Solinas, G Fiore and M Cuypers European Union Joint Research Centre, Italy, G Caja and A Sanchez, University of Barcelona, Spain, A Fonseca, P Pinheiro and C Roquete University of Evora, Portugal - Introduction - 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 - Future trends - References

Storing and transmitting traceability data across the food supply chain, R Vernède and I Wienk, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands - Introduction - Product identification data carrier technology - Condition and quality measuring data carrier technology - Data collection and processing - Practical applications of data carrier technology - Conclusions - References

The range of data carrier technologies for food traceability, A Furness, AIM, UK - Introduction - 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 - Summary

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