You are legally required (under Regulation 178/2002/EC on the general principles of food law), to have a traceability system in place. At its most basic, this requires that you are able to identify who you have received food and ingredients from and who you have supplied food to (except for those businesses solely supplying the final consumer e.g. retailers, caterers, who only have to trace suppliers).
However, the more detail you can include in your traceability system the better able you will be to deal with possible food recalls involving your product. Time is of the essence in such situations with implications for public health, your finances and business reputation.
For further information and guidance download our Guidance Note on Food Recall and Traceability
Read our FAQ on Traceability
Last reviewed: 15/10/2013