Global Food Traceability Regulations GFTC PROJECT CONCEPT

Purpose

To assist in the development of a dialogue concerning harmonized food traceability requirements around the world.

Expected Outcomes

A benchmark report summarizing the existing global food traceability standards and regulations, with observations concerning gaps and duplication.

Scope

It will be necessary to limit the time and scope of investigation geographically. The investigation will start with the regulatory environment regarding food traceability in major OECD exporting nations such as: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada,China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

The assessment would encompass national traceability regulations and requirements used for recalls, animal and plant health controls, and foodborne contamination.

Approach

Conduct a review of public domain information that is available on the regulations and industry policies specifically concerning food traceability, both for domestic and imported foods. Provide details of how commercial businesses are expected to fulfill these regulations and policies.

Interviews with a limited number of regulators and international organizations to gain deeper understanding of the rationale and reasons for their traceability rules and policies. Update this information with any plans expressed for near term (less than 2 years) changes being considered.

Summarize the information by country and provide a relative ranking of all countries surveyed.

Required Resources

The project will require food traceability research expertise and access to the breadth of current food traceability policies and regulations for several nations, as well as knowledge of creating relative rankings on traceability between nations.

Timing

The research for this project is complete and we expect to publish the results in early fall 2014

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