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The ExTra Tool—Practical Simulations of Traceability for Cheese Packaging Materials

  • Ignazio Mania
  • Amelia Martins Delgado
  • Caterina Barone
  • Salvatore Parisi
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Abstract

The world of food-contact materials and objects is continually evolving at present because of different exigencies that could be defined ‘needs’, including extended shelf-life values, marketing targets and other minor factors. The role of these materials as accessory ingredients of a specific food product is no longer accepted, and the European Union has recently issued the (EC) Regulation No 1935/2004 in this ambit with concern to specific traceability systems and procedures for food-contact materials. As a result, the problem of traceability in food industries concerns food ingredients, additives and other substances that should be defined ‘edible’ and food packaging materials on the other hand. This innovation has an important impact on the management of food business operators, including non-food industries producing articles for the food industry. Traceability is one of the main pillars of the modern food safety strategy worldwide. In addition, because of the complexity of different food sectors and sub-sectors, foods and beverages cannot be managed in the same way when speaking of processed meats, eggs, seafood products, cheeses and so on. As a result, the matter is new enough and should be discussed critically, and the ambit of cheese products is interesting. With concern to packaged cheese products, the aim of this chapter is to describe in practice the complex operations—named jointly ‘traceability’—related to food-contact materials used. Three case studies are evaluated in this ambit, with concern to different cheeses and food packaging materials. The flow of input and output information is critically discussed and analysed when speaking of information complexity.

Keywords

Cheese European Union Extended traceability Food-contact material Food business operator Packaging business operator Plastic film 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ignazio Mania
    • 1
  • Amelia Martins Delgado
    • 2
  • Caterina Barone
    • 3
  • Salvatore Parisi
    • 4
  1. 1.Gambino Industrie Alimentari S.p.A.Carini, SicilyItaly
  2. 2.MeditBio-Centre for Mediterranean Bioresources and FoodUniversity of AlgarveFaroPortugal
  3. 3.Componiamo il Futuro (CO.I.F.) AssociationPalermoItaly
  4. 4.Componiamo il Futuro (CO.I.F.) AssociationPalermoItaly

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