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dc.contributor.authorOlsen, Petter
dc.contributor.authorBorit, Melania
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-03T11:54:29Z
dc.date.available2018-08-03T11:54:29Z
dc.date.issued2018-05-03
dc.description.abstract<p><i>Background</i>: Traceability of food products has become the focus of regional and national legislation, of many research and technical development initiatives and projects, and of many scientific articles. However, most of the scientific publications do not differentiate between the components of a traceability system, and those who do to some degree use inconsistent terminology and definitions. This weakens the analysis and the conclusions, and it can lead to misunderstanding in relation to what a traceability system is, what the components are, and how system functionality can be improved.</p> <p><i>Scope and approach</i>: This paper provides a structure for describing and analyzing a traceability system and emphasizes the difference between the system mechanisms as opposed to the attributes of the units that are traced. The basis for the classification outlined in this article is practical experience from traceability system implementations in the food industry, and participation in international standardization processes relating to food traceability. The references and the authors’ experience are from the food sector, but the component description is likely to be relevant and applicable to any product traceability system in a supply chain.</p> <p>‘Traceability system’ is used as a generic term in this article, encompassing the principles, practices, and standards needed to achieve traceability of food products, regardless of how these are implemented. In practice in the food industry, most traceability systems are computerized and they are implemented through extensive use of information and communications technology (ICT), but in principle a traceability system could be manual and paper-based (as was indeed common practice only a few years ago), and the components hierarchy outlined in this article would still be applicable.</p> <p><i>Key findings and conclusions</i>: This paper identifies the general components of a traceability system to be the identification of the units under consideration, the recording of the joining and splitting of these units as they move through the supply chain (the transformations), and the recording of the unit attributes. The distinction between the different components is particularly important when describing and comparing traceability systems, and when recommending improvements. In both these cases, the respective components need to be considered separately.en_US
dc.descriptionii. Accepted manuscript version. Published version available at <a href=https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tifs.2018.05.004> https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tifs.2018.05.004</a>. Accepted manuscript version, licensed <a href=http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/> CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.</a>en_US
dc.identifier.citationOlsen, P. & Borit, M. (2018). The components of a food traceability system. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 77, 143-149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tifs.2018.05.004en_US
dc.identifier.issn0924-2244
dc.identifier.issn1879-3053
dc.identifier.otherFRIDAID 1583849
dc.identifier.other10.1016/j.tifs.2018.05.004
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/13348
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.ispartofOlsen, P. (2018). Food traceability in theory and in practice. (Doctoral thesis). <a href=https://hdl.handle.net/10037/15408>https://hdl.handle.net/10037/15408</a>
dc.relation.journalTrends in Food Science & Technology
dc.relation.projectIDinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP6-FOOD/506359/EU/Health promoting, safe seafood of high eating quality in a consumer driven fork-to-farm concept/SEAFOODPLUS/en_US
dc.relation.projectIDinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7-KBBE/613688/EU/Ensuring the Integrity of the European food chain/FOODINTEGRITY/en_US
dc.relation.projectIDinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020-SFS/696371/EU/AUTHENT-NET – Food Authenticity Research Network/AUTHENT-NET/en_US
dc.relation.projectIDinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/RCN/NORDSATS/195160/Norway/Northern Environmental Waste Management//en_US
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccessen_US
dc.subjectVDP::Teknologi: 500::Næringsmiddelteknologi: 600en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Technology: 500::Food science and technology: 600en_US
dc.subjectTraceabilityen_US
dc.subjectFood traceabilityen_US
dc.subjectTraceability systemen_US
dc.subjectTraceable resource uniten_US
dc.subjectProduct attributeen_US
dc.subjectProduct identificationen_US
dc.subjectProduct transformationen_US
dc.titleThe components of a food traceability systemen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typeTidsskriftartikkelen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US


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