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SGS Systems and Services Certification Spain take part in TRACEBACK, a project within the European Commission's Sixth Framework Program involving 28 partners from 11 countries. The program objective is to develop innovative models and tools to support the implementation of an ideal traceability system for the entire food chain. SGS is the only certification body involved in this program.

The TRACEBACK program which started in January 2007 targets to establish a food traceability system with:

  • Objective connections between the product flow and the information flow along the food chains
  • Information management system which fits to existing technologies present along the diverse players of food chain from the production of raw materials to the sale of products. The system needs to be open for upcoming technologies, without imposing any technology change
  • Low costs
  • Traceability needs to count for no more than 1-2% of the product cost. The new traceability system will integrate EU and non-EU emerging technologies from on-going projects into a single framework

The pilots will be implemented in two dominant agro-food sector, feed / dairy and tomato.  

The role of SGS in this program is to identify certification areas and current possibilities for certification services and to elaborate certification procedures within the traceability system.

The program is divided into a number of different work packages covering different aspects of traceability. The program partners range from research institutes and universities, computer and consultancy firms to representatives from the food industry. The program will last 48 months.

For more information, please contact:

Helena Mansilla
Systems & Services Certification

SGS Spain
Ronda Narciso Monturiol, nº 5
Parque Tecnológico
46980 Paterna (Valencia)
Tel:+34 96 186 89 21
Mobile: + 34 661 408 153
Fax: + 34 96 186 8073

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