Welcome to Tracing your food!
This page tries to provide you with an introduction into the world of food traceability. Traceability is simple and a legal requirement in some parts of the world, such as the European Union. However, different people think very differently about traceability. We have tried to respect this variety of mindsets by giving a space to each of the different viewpoints about traceability. Whatever is your particular viewpoint, the people behind TraceFood (see Who we are) are trying to make your life easier by providing easy to follow Good Traceability Practices and a standard for exchanging traceability data. You can read more on this website or on our sister website www.tracefood.org.
Traceability is about knowing where a food item is or has been at a particular moment and what has been done to it.
So if you are a yoghurt producer this means being able to find out what products have been affected by a particular problem your milk supplier had and being able to pinpoint where these products are now.
Well, the short answer is: no.
Food is actually two things: the stuff itself and the information that’s available about it. Where it came from, how many food miles it has consumed, whether it contains gluten or was produced organically.