Concept and traceability systems

The term traceability, comes from the word "trace" in English. The traceability system must allow any person to discover the processes of the company/organization in detail, to recreate the journey of the product with all the necessary data, from the origin of the product in the field through to its export.

According to ISO22005_2008, traceability is the ability to follow the trail of a product for human consumption through the entire supply chain: production, processing, distribution and marketing.

This traceability system must be established and applied by the company or organization. During the external inspection, the organic inspector assesses the physical and documentary traceability of the organic product at all stages of the supply chain, in order to ensure compliance with organic production standards and the integrity of the organic product at all stages.

Importance of the traceability system

The traceability system must not only make it possible to demonstrate compliance with organic production standards. Traceability should also be understood as an operational efficiency and marketing tool, which is reflected in a reduction of company costs, as well as an improvement of the company's image and commercial credibility.

As an operational efficiency tool, it allows for the improvement and streamlining of processes associated with the shipment and receipt of products, the control of each production batch, the improvement of the management of stock and stored products, and allows immediate action to be taken in the event of a risk that threatens the health of consumers.

As a marketing tool, traceability makes it possible to introduce labels with the product origin and specifications, thus making it a tool for brand differentiation and positioning.

It is important to understand that consumer demands and international regulations impose new requirements for the packing of products. In modern production, a product cannot be produced without its traceability data.

Consumers increasingly demand information on the origin of products and companies must have the capacity to respond quickly to consumer concerns, as well as analyzing how much a product can tell people about its origin and whether it has something interesting to tell, in order to motivate the final consumer to travel, even if only virtually, due to the origin of organic products.

Traceability flow