THE TRACEABILITY PRODUCTS

 
 

FROM THE SEED TO THE TABLE
What are the obligations of the enterprises with regard to the new standards?
Even if the risks in agriculture are slight, why do the enterprises have to conform?
Conformity and knowledge about the matter are useful in allowing us to take precautions in the event of contamination of our product either inside or outside of our enterprise.

Product
What is the difference between a traceable product and a “conventional” product? There is no difference. Traceability is not a guarantee of quality, but a system that an enterprise adopts in order to offer the customer/consumer transparency with regard to food safety. In addition it is an excellent way to safeguard the enterprise from adulteration (accidental or intentional) that can occur after the product has left the producer.

Consumer
What are the advantages of traceability for the consumer? In reality the consumer benefits indirectly from the system since traceability goes up to the moment of purchase. However, it is important that the consumer also knows and is informed through the label, which is compulsory on all products, that there is a lot number through which it is possible to bring a complaint about goods relating to that particular product lot. 

THE SYSTEM
Producers: Subdivide the portions of land into lots, compile the Operations Register, label the product leaving the field or on entry into the enterprise. Add the lot number to the label and the packing list.
Cooperative: Record the lot numbers of incoming products. In the case of processing or the combination of two or more products, a new lot number must be created and a record made of the individual component lots.   Record the lot number on the packing list.

Retailer: Record the incoming products lots. Keep the product in the original packaging and so with the same lot number. Write the lot number on the labels of products to be sold loose.
 
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