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CIES – The Food Business Forum has published a guide to implementing traceability in the food supply chain, a move that anticipates the obligation of all food companies in the European Union to have a traceability system in place by January 2005.

Similar requirements reportedly are also planned for food companies in the US.

According to CIES, the guidelines “are designed to assist food businesses in implementing traceability systems, by highlighting the pitfalls when developing such a system and, above all, how to ensure that systems can be aligned along the food supply chain. The guide focuses on food, rather than product safety in general.”

Hugo Byrnes, director of food safety programmes at CIES, said, The purpose of this document is not to provide a technical manual for implementing traceability, but rather a short overview of the various aspects that have an influence on or are influenced by traceability. It is therefore complementary to other existing traceability documents.”

The guide can be downloaded at: .
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