Food Traceability

From Binders to Blockchain

  • Jennifer McEntire
  • Andrew W. Kennedy

Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)

Also part of the Practical Approaches book sub series (PRACT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. John Guzewich, Benjamin Miller
    Pages 27-49
  3. Michele Southall
    Pages 51-62
  4. Edward Orzechowski
    Pages 63-70
  5. Hilary S. Thesmar, Shawn K. Stevens
    Pages 71-80
  6. Ed Treacy, Jane Proctor, Dan Vaché, Angela Fernandez
    Pages 81-96
  7. Barbara Blakistone, Steven Mavity
    Pages 97-111
  8. Lisa Jo Lupo
    Pages 113-132
  9. Thomas Burke
    Pages 133-143
  10. Judith Kirkness
    Pages 145-179
  11. Andrew W. Kennedy, Jennifer McEntire
    Pages 181-192
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 193-198

About this book


This book provides a picture of food traceability for all aspects of the food system, recognizing the unique differences, challenges, and “states of the industry” in different types of food products, as well as the different pressures and opportunities at different points in the supply chain and the research that has already been done. It also provides some historical context, along with the types of solutions available to the food industry, and the benefits associated with better recordkeeping that go beyond the public good and impact the bottom line. Whenever a food related outbreak occurs, traceability is called into question. When lives are at stake, it is critical that the root of the problem is quickly identified to prevent further illness. Once the problem is found, it’s just as important to contain it quickly. Too often, recalls expand because implicated product is not readily accounted for.   Mention of traceability stirs fear for many in the food industry for several reasons: within a company, it’s not clear if responsibility for traceability lies with food safety professionals involved in recalls, supply chain professionals who understand product movement, IT professionals who build and maintain the recordkeeping systems, or regulatory professionals who need to respond to government requests for information. There is also a sense that traceability is someone else’s problem. Few firms admit that they are the weak link and instead tout how quickly they can perform mock recalls. But traceability is about more than just recalls. It is about the connectivity of the supply chain as a product and its constituents travel from the farm to the consumer. Because it is a systems issue, there is a sense that the investment by a single firm will be meaningless if supply chain partners don’t have comparable abilities.  This book will address both these surrounding issues and solutions.


Food recalls Food regulations Food related outbreaks Food supply chain Food traceability

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer McEntire
    • 1
  • Andrew W. Kennedy
    • 2
  1. 1.United Fresh Produce AssociationWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Food TechnologistsGlobal Food Traceability CenterChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods