The Traceability of Bulk Food Products

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


Bulk food products and ingredients serve as the building blocks for the hundreds of thousands of food products sold today by retailers, restaurants and foodservice globally. Bulk food products are also used as feed for livestock. Therefore, heightened awareness and proactive food safety procedures are required since the impact of a contaminated ingredient can be widespread. Despite the implementation of good practices in bulk material processing and distribution, it can be expected that issues may occasionally arise which will trigger the need to trace the supply chain pathways of bulk materials. This chapter is focused on the need and drivers responsible for the implementation of traceability systems in the bulk supply chain for both liquid and dry products. The definitions and defined stakeholders in this chapter are unique and specific to the challenges associated with tracing bulk food products. The motivation for traceability must be viewed more broadly than in the context of a safety procedure but also as an integrated concept with respect to sustainability, technology, and cost optimization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Orzechowski
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  1. 1.ASI GovernmentWashington, DCUSA

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