Experts' perspectives on the implementation of traceability in Europe
de Jonge, J.
Lucas Luijckx, N.B.
TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Purpose: The research presented in this paper aims at understanding the views of European food risk management experts on food traceability implementation, implementation of the general food law, and the advantages the system can offer for effective risk mitigation. Design/methodology/approach: Delphi methodology was applied to understand experts' views on the efficiency of existing traceability systems in Europe following the implementation of the General Food Law. An internet survey was administered in two rounds, in order to elicit expert views on changes needed to current traceability practices, if traceability systems are to contribute to improved food safety. Findings: Traceability was considered to be an effective safety- and quality-monitoring system with potential to improve safety within food chains, as well as increasing consumer confidence in food safety and consumer protection. However, the results underlined the need for further improvements, particularly regarding the definition of food chain traceability, enforcement of regulations, and harmonisation of practice. Research limitations/implications: Expert opinion regarding food traceability and its implementation was confined to Europe and the impact of European legislation. Further research at a global level is needed, given the need to trace food and food ingredients across the regional boundaries imposed by European legislation, the increased globalisation of food chains, and the need for pan-global harmonisation of food traceability legislation. Originality/value: The results provide important insights into the advantages and shortcomings of the present European traceability approach enshrined in the European General Food Law. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
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British Food Journal, 112 (3), 261-274