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Traceability as ability to follow all the steps of production, processing and distribution of food, from a feed to an animal intended for food.


The importance of traceability in organic food

Posted onWednesday, 20th of January of 2016byDelsys
Tags:trazabilidad alimentacion ecologica


Before proceeding to develop the concept of traceability, it may be necessary to specify what types of foods are called organic foods, also known as organic food or organic food. Indeed, not enough that such foods are more or less free from artificial, toxic or harmful health products, such as pesticides, herbicides, nitrates and phosphates, in the case of agriculture; or antibiotics and hormones in the field of livestock. They must go through strict quality controls and traceability must be reflected in the final labeling, which must also have the characteristic logo for organic products, which, currently, is the "Euro-leaf". So, for organic food to be considered as such, it must meet the standards set by the EU in Regulation (EC) 834/2007 of 28 June 2007. Under these rules, it specifies that genetically modified organisms and ionizing radiation treatment, are prohibited in the field of organic food production.




As far as the production of organic vegetables are concerned, this should respect the life and soil fertility, besides using natural methods to combat pests and the possible use of plant protection and authorized by the European Commission cleaning products. For its part, the farms are obliged to respect the environment, environment (in general) and animal welfare. Furthermore, it has to pay special attention to their living conditions (food, cleaning, disinfection, reproduction, disease prevention, housing, etc.) and ensure the genetic diversity of different races. In short, organic food is implementing a series of measures to sustainably produce food that society demands. The result is a firm acquired by producers and the authorities commitment to respect the environment and ensure the quality of food in favor of the health of consumers.




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The work, in contemporary societies, is based on the principle of continuous improvement and the pursuit of excellence. All companies struggle in their daily lives, by offering added value within a law that directly affects them, are subject to thorough checks of public administration and provide quality standards required of them have to serve, necessarily , specialized technicians responsible for implementing the standards that are imposed on them "from above".





What is traceability



Given the urgent need to establish an effective monitoring system for the production, processing, distribution and importation of food products, after a series of health scares in different countries of the European Union, the European Commission issued a series of measures contained in the Regulation (EC) 178/2002 of the European Parliament and Council of 28 January 2002 (among which, the traceability system is located). This system collects the path it has followed a particular product, from its beginnings to be purchased by the customer. Consequently, we can say that traceability is something like the history of a product. This history is different, depending on the product concerned because the traceability of an agricultural product differs from that of a meat product or a fish. In addition to the different types of meat, agricultural products and fish, also they have a system of traceability food such as eggs, fast food, food with designation of origin and products relating to organic food. Among the information that is recorded by this system are the different stages of production, distribution and import, so through information provided by this record is possible to know what were the processes that followed the food and who they have manipulated at all times. It is achieved, thus identifying quickly and clearly that stage where they were able to breach the different regulations that fall on the production and handling of food, which is of vital importance in establishing the causes and those responsible of hypothetical outbreaks of poisoning or contamination. Thus, traceability stands as the best tool for both food control as to encourage consumer confidence in those products that will be consumed.






What is the quality control of organic food



Due to the emergence and the rise of ecology and respect for the environment, perhaps there is some perception that everything that claims to be organic really is not. So, precisely, to prevent and combat the possible suspicion by consumers to organic products, the effective regulation of organic food production by the European Union was necessary. Thus, a set of criteria was established to stipulate which is ecological and what is not, and labeling and control measures is also regulated so that these products met these criteria.



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Regarding control measures, it should be noted that while it is true that in Spain the control of the production of organic food in 1989 was regulated through the adoption of Regulation of the generic name "Organic Farming", there noted that it was replaced by Regulation (EEC) 2092/91. However, the production of organic food is regulated at present, by the EC Regulation 834/2007, which repealed, in turn, Regulation (EEC) 2092/91. Member States are responsible for determining the nature and frequency of controls, based on a risk assessment of violations. They are responsible for overseeing such controls even habiéndolos delegated to other bodies. With respect to labeling, it is established, since 2010, the obligation to use the Community logo distinguishes organic food products, an indication of the place of origin of the raw materials of the product and refer to the control body that certifies. In Spain, taking as a framework the aforementioned EC Regulation 834/2007, are the Autonomous Communities that have assumed these responsibilities for control and certification of organic production, so it is essential to have an ERP software for a detailed monitoring of the legislation and its application, depending on each region. This application saves businesses time and avoid possible sanctions against hypothetical breach of the relevant regulations.





Keeping a proper traceability and quality control in the production of organic food



It is therefore essential to have always present regulations set by the European Union, such as the aforementioned Regulation (EC) 178/2002, which regulates the traceability of products; and the EC Regulation 834/2007, which establishes the controls of organic products. We must also have an update on the specific regulations stipulate countries and regions for the marketing of these products, as they have the right to require standards that are considered superior to those already in itself, demanding European requirements, in addition to include a specific logo of each entity of ecological control. It is therefore necessary to have a software that allows to carry out all the controls that the company must comply. Not only by schedule, but also with the record of each and every one of the actions taken to implement, and by recording the observed and measures taken to solve incidents. Also, it is essential to have a good business management tool, which is known as ERP, to keep the database updated and facilitate business registration and monitoring of the receipt and shipment of products, with stipulation all relevant characteristics, to meet the requirements of traceability. Armed with this software, the company saves time and money because you can plan methodically decision making, according to the production planning. Indeed, a good ERP enables defining the characteristics of products and customers, as well as the forecast of consumption of resources and workload. All these features ensure efficient optimization of productive business tasks.

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Why use an ERP software as ADA Manager

Only an experienced face all the vicissitudes of food production can meet its mission and ADA Manager is an ERP designed only to ensure the safety of the food industry, so it is the software that best meets the harsh demands software which it is under organic food. This software gives the peace of mind knowing that not only saves time and costs, but also automatically complies with legislation on traceability, as it is able to recognize and specify the allergenic ingredients in the final labeling. As a result, ADA Manager covers all the needs of companies engaged in this sector and provides, in this way, important processes such as product traceability , compliance with the regulations at any time and place, knowledge detailed supplier and customer, forecast resource consumption, forecasting workload and other important aspects such as centralized management of the ingredients.

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