RS and Lloyds Conduct Research: Traceability Benefits Food Safety

In a new report, commissioned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, RS Standards have reviewed the impact of improved traceability on the safety of food, looking at current initiatives that could provide a basis for a roadmap for future developments.

The report includes a set of recommendations that provide a starting point for discussion between organisations with an interest in food traceability. These recommendations are focused on building capacity into traceability methods and their use, advocating and communicating the requirements and benefits for traceability, and strengthening the evidence base that traceability improves food safety.

The requirement for traceability has increased significantly across all food groups following major reputational issues involving food safety or adulteration. The key findings of this work show that traceability is a key pillar for food safety assurance in the food industry. It enables the food industry to meet regulatory requirements and carry out prompt product recalls when required.

From a consumer perspective, improved transparency of food supply is a growing area of interest. Full chain traceability and associated technology enable consumers to learn more about their food choices and make informed choices.

RS Standards offer organisations bespoke consulting and improvement services to support businesses with an interest in food traceability.

To find out more about our traceability initiatives contact Mike Platt – our Supply Chain Assurance Lead at


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