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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:19 am 
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I read about this in the SOScuisine newsletter I think it makes good sense. How often are we told that a company doesn't know about cross contamination due to lack of supplier information?
What is traceability…?
Traceability is the ability to track and trace a food product, or a substance that will be incorporated into the food, through all the various stages of production, processing and distribution.

Why should we, as consumers, be concerned about traceability?

1.In order to know the origin of the product. This allows us to:
◦Know which company we are giving our money to.
◦Be able to select local products.
2.In order to ensure food security.
If a product is found to be contaminated, the other lots of food that are potentially harmful can be easily traced and withdrawn from the market at the earliest convenience.

3.In order to ensure that products actually merit their labels and certifications.
With the help of specification guidelines, the traceability of a product from production to distribution makes it possible to determine whether the criteria laid down by a label have really been respected.

We hope that food traceability enables other Canadian products to make a name for themselves and that it increases awareness among the consumers; in the meantime, I invite you to visit these websites: ... fault.aspx ... y/?from=nl

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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