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Tagging and Tracking Foods From Origin to Point of Retail Sale

As food supply chains develop increasing complexity and foodborne illness outbreaks receive more media attention, questions of how and why to trace the journey of food products from farm to fork are proliferating in multiple disciplines and public and private sectors. This entry reviews the motivations, obstacles, and objections involving tagging and tracking foods and describes current tagging and tracking techniques and regulations.

Definitions of Traceability

While there is considerable variation, scholarly and professional discussions about tagging and tracking foods generally use the term traceability to refer to the ability to follow the movement of an animal, feed product, or food product through the production, processing, and distribution process. In more specific contexts, the ability to follow a substance forward through the food chain may be referred ...

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