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Audit of traceability in food and food products of animal origin published

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The FSAI today publishes its Audit of Traceability in Food and Food Products of Animal Origin. The FSAI has overall responsibility for the enforcement of food law in Ireland. It carries out targeted audits of food businesses to determine the level of compliance with current food law and the effectiveness of its implementation.

This targeted audit of food businesses was undertaken as part of the FSAI’s 2016 planned programme of audits, with eighteen audits conducted between May 2016 and May 2017 in 16 food businesses. The audit focused on the assessment of food business operator controls in place to ensure maintenance of traceability and labeling information along the food chain.

The objective was to assess food business operator compliance with food legislation applicable to its business with particular emphasis on traceability and control of rejected, returned or quarantined products.

The audit identified 27 breaches of legislation and highlights the need for food business operators to improve compliance with particular requirements of food law relevant to their business. Twelve breaches of legislation relating to traceability were identified. Additionally, nine breaches of legislation were identified relating to the documented and operational controls as part of the businesses’ food safety management systems. This is an area that has been identified in previous audits and it continues to be an area of noncompliance among food businesses.

The report recommends that food businesses should ensure that their food safety management systems cover the full range of activities relating to their business, and that such systems adequately address all relevant hazards or processes, including those relating to rejected, returned, re-worked or re-labelled products. It also recommends that food businesses should review traceability systems to ensure that the required level of traceability and accurate traceability records can be produced in a timely fashion.

Audit of Traceability in Food and Food Products of Animal Origin