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Traceability

Why?

The traceability of materials and articles intended to come into contact with food should be ensured at all stages in order to facilitate control, the recall of defective products, consumer information and the attribution of responsibility. Business operators should at least be able to identify the businesses from which, and to which, the materials and articles are supplied.

Published in article 17 of Regulation (EC) 1935/2004

Traceability

1.The traceability of materials and articles shall be ensured at all stages in order to facilitate control, the recall of defective products, consumer information and the attribution of responsibility.

2.With due regard to technological feasibility, business operators shall have in place systems and procedures to allow identification of the businesses from which and to which materials or articles and, where appropriate, substances or products covered by this Regulation and its implementing measures used in their manufacture are supplied. hat information shall be made avail- able to the competent authorities on demand.

3.The materials and articles which are placed on the market in the Community shall be identifiable by an appropriate system which allows their traceability by means of labeling or relevant documentation or information.

The reason for for the traceability is to enable the authorities to trace (in case of an issue) which raw materials where used in a food contact material or to trace where (raw materials of) a food contact material where distributed to and where did they come into contact with the food.

What need to be done:

The whole supply chain from raw material producer to food packer should have a system of traceability for the food contact materials. One should have a minimal system which includes one step back (which suppliers did supply what) and one step forward (what was delivered to who). For each one should keep record of the following data:
- From or to who are product sold/bought (company names and addresses)
- What is sold/bought
- Date of the transaction/delivery
The data should be made available to the authorities within 4 hours. It is recommended to trace more data from both the incoming as for the outgoing deliveries. Furthermore, it helps a lot to be able to trace which lot numbers of which raw materials were used to produce which end products or the other way around: what lot numbers were used to produce a batch of an end-product. This helps to reduce the amount of products that needs to be involved in a recall.

When does this traceability go into force

One should comply starting at 27 October 2006.

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