Food and Beverage

Is traceability from “farm to fork” necessary?

With food safety incidents on the rise, more and more of us are worried about where our food is coming from.  We all expect our food to be safe and traceable, but is this really true?  What does “farm to fork” mean…imagine you are a dairy farmer and have just received a load of feed for your cows, should you be concerned with knowing not only what’s in the feed, but where did each ingredient come from and who supplied it?  And then as a consumer, when you are buying milk, do you want to know exactly what the cow has eaten…that seems like an impossible amount of tracking, but that’s what “farm to fork” is.

Even if we know the source of the feed being delivered to the cows on dairy farms, and can demonstrate that traceability inside food and beverage factories is becoming a standard, we are still not offering consumers a real traceability from the cow in the farm down to the bottle of milk in the supermarket.Food and Beverage Traceability

With global trade on the rise, there are so many different independent companies in different countries, all in the middle of the food supply chain, making  traceability of what we are feeding our children extremly awkward and inefficient to capture.

S88, FDA and other food standards seem to be outdated in this respect. How are country governments, continental administrations and United Nations addressing these increasingly important health issues in a globalized environment? How shall we, as industrial companies and consumers, influence the appropriate organizations to get this done?

Do you think before long, we will see everyone in the food supply chain having tools to trace products from “farm to fork”?

8 Responses to “Is traceability from “farm to fork” necessary?”

  1. William Kanitz Pres. ScoringAg.com

    ScoringAg is a worldwide Unix database for verified traceability and recordkeeping to match what was done on a specific time and by whom at a specific location for animals and their products, all crops and their products, fish and shellfish, along with poultry for food or feed for man or animals.

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    • Eric Bonsignour Eric Bonsignour

      Very interesting offer ! Would you please share a presentation of it with us please ?
      Eric

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    • Eric Bonsignour Eric Bonsignour

      Hello William,
      I will be very interested to get a presentation of ScoringAg. Eventually we may do some business together ?
      Let me know
      Eric

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  2. Justin Chen

    In Asia where i come from, there is a saying, literally translated: “Dirty eat, dirty grow”. People half believe that by eating stuff that are not processed by the most hygienic means, would mean that they grow up also having the relevant antibodies to fight these bacteria. Eating foods that are too clean
    Tracing an animals food source will add to the administrative burden, which also mean added costs to the supplier and eventually borne by the consumer.

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    • Eric Bonsignour Eric Bonsignour

      Hello Justin,
      Their is similar saying in Europe as well, but at the end, mothers usually never take the risk of “uncontrolled” food for kids 🙂
      Kids usually eat “dirty” food by themselves without control of parents…
      Eric

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    You actually make it appear really easy along with your presentation but I
    in finding this matter to be actually one thing which I believe I’d never understand.

    It sort of feels too complex and extremely broad for me.

    I am taking a look forward for your subsequent submit, I will
    attempt to get the hang of it!

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    • Eric Bonsignour Eric Bonsignour

      Thanks you for your comment.
      Full traceability as a concept is about knowing & recording all the events at each step of the production / delivery of a product up to the supermarket.
      Yes, indeed, this looks like a challenge but if you use the right software when designing your plant, it become “easy” because already pre design for you.
      However, this is now a MUST DO & this explain why relevant tools come to the market, skilled technical teams are available as well in some specialist solution companies.
      Let’s discuss that more in details if this has some interest for you & thanks again for your feedback
      Eric

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