The themes of nutritional safety and of how to grant it
are nowadays an additional value for the European consumer.
That is why SUMMERKIWI™ has adopted a system of traceability
With the term “traceability” we intend the information
process following the product from hill to dale along the
supply chain, while with the term “backward-traceability” we
mean the opposite process, allowing to run over the information
diffused along the supply chain again, this time from dale
up to the hill.
Cee Regulation n.178/2002 of 28 January 2002, in force since
the 1st January 2005, defines traceability as: “The
possibility of rebuilding and following the process of a
nourishment, a fodder, an animal destined to animal reproduction,
or of any substance destined to or fit for becoming part
of a nourishment or of a fodder, along all phases of production,
transformation and distribution”.
So supply chain’s traceability or backwards traceability
•the capability of rebuilding the history and of following
the usage of a product by means of reported identifications
about material flows and supply chain’s operators
identification of the firms which have contributed to the
production of a certain food product, based on the monitoring
of material flows from the producer of raw materials to the
The control over the supply chain is believable only if
traceability is possible, it can be proved by documents and
it embraces the whole supply chain. The most important part
of the supply chain is constituted by all the firms contributing
to the product realisation.
To achieve real traceability, the most important thing is
not rebuilding the geographical origin or the place of transformation
and/or packaging of the product, but knowing the name of
the firms involved in the production, or directly responsible
Traceability is referred to each single part of the product,
and it must allow to identify each firm which has had a role
in the formation of that part. It is therefore an instrument
depending on the pieces of information we intend to offer.
The subject choosing the kind of information to give is the