When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network began operating in August 2011, it was structured to respond to foodborne illness outbreaks in three interdependent phases.
Traceability is the ability to verify the identity, history, location or application of an item by means of documented information about it.
Tracebacks are painstaking efforts that require investigators to be both detectives and scientists.
The widespread move from global food supply chains to food supply networks presents considerable challenges.
Recalls often occur at a rapid pace, requiring manufacturers to quickly decipher, analyze and act upon an evolving fact pattern.
When it comes to food, there is limited regulation, control or intervention unless there is a problem or failure in the supply chain.
An interview with William Fisher, M.Sc., CFS, Institute of Food Technologists on the launch of the Global Food Traceability Center.
The Produce Traceability Initiative action plan outlines seven key elements and milestones for implementing the whole-chain traceability process.
Traceability is the key to executing a proactive retrieval of lots implicated in a suspected or identified pathogen-detection event.
Product ID and labeling can aid a processor’s ability to track and trace their products through the supply chain.
What is traceability, does it work and what does it accomplish?
An interview with James Gorny reveals the current challenges to the fresh-cut produce industry.
Rapid traceability throughout the raw product supply chain is a key component of Birds Eye;s food safety program.
Effective, responsible communication is key to maintaining trust in the food system and a challenge for communicating prior to, during and after a recall.
Shipping and receiving are integral parts of all food processing and warehousing operations, both large and small.
To build consumer trust, the food system must communicate ethically to build the trust that protects its freedom to operate.
Monitoring and maintaining the integrity of the food supply is a tough job; government agencies and food safety systems do it admirably under some very challenging circumstances.
To achieve the highest levels of supply chain traceability, trading partners must be able to link products with locations and times.
Consumer demand for greater traceability of foods based on safety may eventually be met by industry adoption of greater traceability of foods based on security considerations.
The goal of the food safety initiative is to improve food safety and reduce the incidence of foodborne illness to the greatest extent feasible.