Traceability Resources

What is Traceability?

Agri-food Traceability is the ability to follow products through all stages of the agri-food chain - from production to retail. It provides an effective way to track an identified product (and its attributes) as it moves between locations. It is important:

  • to help you meet your market requirements and access new market opportunities;
  • for effective product recall;
  • for planning. preparing, response and recovery efforts in the event of an animal disease outbreak;
  • to ensure confidence in your products; and
  • for protection of your business and your customers.

A traceability system captures, stores and shares information about products received, internal production and operational processes, all the way to finished goods that are shipped and sold to the customer.

Types of traceability systems range from simple paper-based recordkeeping to more sophisticated information management that uses automated and computerized components for efficient data capture and secure access to information.

Why Do You Need it?

Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: February 1, 2013
Last Reviewed: 14 March 2019