FSA Consultation Letter, 2 September 2003
Following the FSA Board paper on Traceability in the Food Chain, which was adopted in July 2002, the Food Chain Strategy Division of the Food Standards Agency has engaged with a number of stakeholders to explore the scope for strengthening current arrangements for traceability in a proportionate way, including through the identification and spreading of good practice.
The Agency encourages the implementation of 'best practice' traceability systems in food businesses to help ensure:
It is clear that, legislative requirements aside, how traceability is implemented in individual food businesses remains a decision likely to be justified on an individual business case basis. However, discussions have indicated that there is scope for the Agency to provide some clear guidance on traceability, based on its work to date.
Working together with a group of stakeholders, the Agency has therefore drafted the text: 'An introduction to traceability for your food business'. They are writing to seek views on this text before they move any further with the preparation of these guidelines for publication.
They are inviting comments on any matters which might be relevant. In particular they are seeking comments on:
The closing date for responses to this consultation exercise is 15th December 2003