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TRACEBACK - Integrated System for a Reliable Traceability of Food Supply Chains

Investigators
Prugger, Raffaello
Institutions
Tecnoalimenti S.C.p.A.
Start date
2007
End date
2010
Objective
TRACEBACK will develop an innovative food traceability system based on the following aspects:
  1. Establishment of objective connections between the product flow and the information flow along the food chain. This will be realised through the implementation of micro-devices, based on micro-arrays and Q RT-PCR technologies embedded in lab-on-a-chips;
  2. Development of an information management system which fits to the existing technologies present along the diverse players of the food chain from the raw materials to the sale of products and it is open for upcoming technologies, without imposing any technology change to any player. This will be achieved through the development of a Service Oriented Architecture model, which will provide semantic and service interoperability;
  3. Maximum care of cost aspects of the used technologies due to the fact that for being routinely implemented in the food sector, having typically tiny margins, traceability needs to weight not more than between 1 and 2% of the product cost.
More information
This will be achieved with use of inexpensive technologies (internet based), continuous cost assessment of project results, innovative ways of exploiting the system (i.e. pay per use, ASP approach). The new traceability system will integrate EU and no n-EU emerging technologies from on-going projects into a single framework and will implement a pilot version in two representative food chain models: feed/dairy and tomato (dominant chains of the agro-food sector).

The project is articulated around 10 WP, including project management, and has duration of 48 months. It is supported by extensive training of food chain stakeholders, dissemination to scientific, public and business decision makers and exploitation for driving food chains towards the proposed traceability system. The project will include SME Baskets for involving high-tech SMEs and food-SMEs into the realisation of the pilot system.

For more information about this project, please visit the European Commission Food Quality and Safety in Europe Web site.

Funding Source
European Commission
Project number
036300
Categories
Food Defense and Integrity
Legislation and Regulations
Bacterial Pathogens
Commodities
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