TRACEABILITY

Traceability, defined in the Regulation 178/2002 as the possibility of finding and tracking, through all the stages of production, transformation and distribution, of a food, feed or ingredient, is of decisive importance for the protection of consumers. Specifically, it is a risk management tool that helps to facilitate the recall of food in which a problem has been detected and allows consumers to receive specific and accurate information about the products in question.

To achieve traceability, food business operators, including importers, shall have a system in place that enables them to identify their immediate suppliers and their immediate customers, except when these are final consumers (“one step back, one step forward” approach). ).

In accordance with the provisions of article 18.5 of Regulation 178/2002, the Regulation 931/2011 sets specific traceability requirements for food of animal origin, in order to guarantee the correct application of the general requirements established in the Regulation 178/2002. Thus, the minimum information to be transmitted between operators in the food of animal origin sector is established:

  • An exact description of the food
  • The volume or amount of food
  • The name and address of the food business operator from which the food was shipped
  • The name and address of the owner of the food, if different from the food business operator from which the food was shipped
  • The name and address of the food business operator to which the food is shipped
  • The name and address of the consignee (owner) if different from the food business operator to which the food is shipped
  • Consignment or lot identification

It is noteworthy that this regulation requires operators to transmit information on the physical places of origin and destination of food of animal origin, if their address does not coincide with that of the owners of the food.

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