What is food traceability?

European regulations define food traceability as the possibility of finding and following the trace of all the phases of production, transformation and distribution of a food. The system maintains that it knows all the steps through which a food passes, from the first stages of production to reaching the consumer.

There are various foods, such as cow's milk, fish, olive oil, etc., which have their traceability systems established by current regulations. The goal is for producers to increase food safety, in addition to the consumer who gets all the necessary information so that the management of every possible risk is easy.

This tool began gaining strength when food safety incidents occurred, in order to be able to monitor food on its long road to production. Beef, sheep, milk, vegetables and fruit products, eggs, organic products, fast food and foods with designation of origin are among those with food traceability systems. Thanks to this system, the withdrawal of a food is easier in cases where it is necessary.

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