Food traceability

Changes in food law now mean that all food businesses must have traceability and recall systems in place for the food they sell. This is necessary to ensure food safety, and to assist in the removal of unsafe food from sale.

The requirement for traceability applies to all food businesses at all stages of the food chain.

The benefits to business include:

  • it enables any unsafe food to be tracked and traced
  • without it a product recall/ withdrawal would be more difficult and expensive
  • it protects the health of your customers by enabling a fast response to food incidents
  • financial benefits - It ensures that in the event of an incident only unsafe foods are recalled or withdrawn
  • it protects the reputation of your business.

The general requirements for traceability:

You must be able to identify your suppliers and all businesses you supply, and traceability records must be available.   To ensure traceability throughout the food chain all foods must be labelled or identified.

Businesses need to keep the following information:

  • the name and address of suppliers and the nature of products supplied
  • the name and address businesses supplied and the nature of the products supplied
  • date of delivery / transaction.

This information can be provided in the form of delivery notes from suppliers and delivery notes to customers.  It must be made available on request.

These requirements will also be discussed during your next routine food hygiene inspection.

Last reviewed: 07 - 05 - 2014

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