Product Tracing

Food being transported from farm

A traceability system records and transmits information on particular attributes about a food product as it travels through the food supply chain to provide information at any specific point and trace the food to its source.


AGRICOLA Journal Citations on Product Tracing

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Searchable database for journal citations available to persons interested in information on product tracing.

Europe General Food Law - Traceability

EU. European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers.

A regulatory document of the Journal of the European Communities that lays down provisions regarding food product tracing.

Food Safety: Labeling and Traceability

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Briefing room outlining questions and concerns on traceability and labeling. Includes traceability studies, and food labeling links.

Product Recall and Traceability: A Guidance Note

Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Updates the Irish Food Industry's traceability and recall systems from 2002. Document is consistent with current legal requirements on food recall and withdrawal, traceability, and reflects current best practices.

PubMED Journal Citations on Product Tracing

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Searchable database for journal citations available to persons interested in information on Product Tracing.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Defines and summarizes food product tracing. Right navigation contains links to related information.

Traceability in the U.S. Food Supply: Economic Theory and Industry Studies

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Publication that analyzes the benefits and feasibility of traceability by exploring three topics: importance variability for efficient traceability systems, cost analysis of traceability systems by food category, and market failure in the supply of traceability.

Traceability: For Farmers, Food Processors, and the Agri-Food Industry

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Describes briefly agri-food traceability and its importance. Traceability benefits, training, funding, animal identification, case studies and other useful links are provided.

Animal Identification, Movement, and Tracing

The Programme Board. DEFRA.

Provides a list of animal identification, registration and movement resources. Includes specific documents for cattle, poultry, pigs, sheep and goats, as well as animal welfare requirements.