A key aspect of food safety set forth by EC Reg. 178/02 is foodstuff traceability, which is the possibility to trace back the food path from raw materials to the finished product being supplied to the final consumer.
In order to comply with the applicable law, sector operators are asked to create a documentation system molded on the company itself, thus proving the traceability of the food being produced or processed.
Traceability means to know the ingredients, processing aids and packages the company is dealing with, where they have been used, which finished products they involve and who are the customers buying them.
Tracing back, instead, is to go through the product history starting from the finished product in the hands of a customer and going back to each one of its components.
Should an issue come up so that a product is going to be harmful to health or unfit for human consumption, the company must retrace its history in a short time (within 4 hours, according to some voluntary sector certifications) or withdraw from the market the contaminated finished products.
Withdraw and recall are two different actions: withdrawal is applied when the finished product has not yet reached the final consumer and it takes place in a prior stage (i.e., the producer has just supplied a caterer), while recall takes place when the product has already reached the final consumer (i.e., the product has reached the shelves of a mall and therefore also some consumers’ homes).
According to the regulation, every food company is supposed to know what happens both upstream and downstream. A useful strategy is to properly encode the products and to design a tailored system in order to manage production batches in a rational and effective way, from raw materials to the finished products.
For this crucial step, PI.GA Service offers its expert advice in creating and implementing a traceability system tailored on your own business.
PI.GA. Service sas by Pironi Serena & c. offers its expert advice to support every step of your business by channeling your resources and optimizing your processes.
PI.GA.’s way to compliance can be summarized by the LCDST acronym: listening, communication, design, solutions and team.
Listening to your company’s departments is vital in order to know their mechanisms and thus to spot, review and optimize the processes.
Fostering the communication among departments and planning the external communication.
Designing lay-outs, production processes, products, document management systems, analytical plans, shelf-life and planning the activities based on S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) targets.
Finding concrete and feasible solutions with regard to complaints, process and/or product issues, general non-conformities and identifying proper corrective actions in order for the problem not to come up again once the causes have been analyzed (this activity implies monitoring and the constant training of the resources).
The team lays the very foundation of a company: targets are achieved through a cohesive and expertly guided team.