Integrated Food Safety and Traceability (IFSAT)

The aim of the project has been:

  • To integrate food safety and traceability by finding common features within food safety and traceability that can benefit each other.
  • To integrate, in a constructive way, food safety and traceability in the management systems that are used in the food sector.
  • To document the achieved synergetic effect by integrating food safety and traceability in the management systems.

Networking and dissemination activities and liaison to other projects have also been important part of the project.


The main results of the project hitherto:

  • The project group has worked on a food safety oriented traceability analysis method.
  • This work is in the progress of being published as a scientific publication.
  • Several tests have been made on RFIDtags and international workshops on data capture technology have been arranged.
  • A traceability software solution for generating data on pelagic fishing vessels has been made. 
  • A guideline “Recommendations for Good Traceability Practice (GTP)” has been developed. 
  • A food safety oriented preparedness test has been conducted in the Nordic countries and reported.

The conclusion is that the Nordic industry in general is not prepared for a food recall. The Quality Index Method (QIM) has been verified by three studies of salmon from Norway to Denmark. As conclusion, QIM is a very important tool to settle quality-related discussions in a chain by objective means. The Seafood Spoilage and Safety Predictor (SSSP) program has been tested by three series of temperature measurements in the whole chain from fishing vessel to retailer shop. The program is suitable for validating the product information on freshness provided by a traceability system when a temperature record of a fish chain is available.

Project partners

Technical University of Denmark – Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Denmark
Danish Meat Research Institute, Denmark
JFK, Faeroe Islands
Evira, Finnish Food Safety Authority
Matis - Food Research, Innovation & Safety, Iceland
SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, Trondheim, Norway
Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Tromsø, Norway
SIK - Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Timetable

2004 - 2008

Funding

Nordic Innovation Centre

Further information

Pirkko Tuominen, pirkko.tuominen@foodauthority.fi