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The Tracking and Tracing Challenge for the Food Sector - concept and management support in commodities –

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006  701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21928)
Authors:   Gerhard Schiefer
Keywords:   Food safety, food quality, tracking and tracing, computer support

The tracking and tracing of products throughout the supply chain is at the centre point of discussions on the development of a competitive and sustainable food production network in Europe and beyond. The focus is especially on the organization of appropriate systems for tracking and tracing as a baseline infrastructure investment on which further quality assurance activities along the supply chain within the competitive food supply networks could build. The pressure on industry is from policy with new regulations on tracking and tracing as well as from retail groups who ask for process transparency throughout the chain. However, beyond this discussion line, the organization of tracking and tracing schemes has also a managerial dimension. This emphasizes the global relevance of tracking and tracing schemes and their role as a baseline feature for improvements in logistics efficiency, risk control and the delivery of guarantees for food safety and quality.

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