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.
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S88, FDA and other food standards seem to be outdated in this respect.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”?