Let’s review a good idea from China and build on the traceability discussion.

October 8th, 2008

China plans to trace every link from the farm to the dinner table. This should be applauded and become the rallying point for a global effort.

China plans to trace every link from the farm to the dinner table. This should be applauded and become the rallying point for a global effort.

I was reading the Arizona Republic this morning and came across a small update titled “China vows overhaul of Dairy Industry”. In the update China’s cabinet vowed to a complete overhaul of their scandal-ridden dairy industry, pledging to inspect every link from the farm to the dinner table. China went on to comment that the industry was “chaotic” and acknowledge there was a lack of over site.

The good news is that China has acknowledged there is a problem. This author might find “chaotic” slightly inappropriate phraseology in light of the fact that infants ended up dying and thousands upon thousands became ill. I do however agree with the farm to dinner table concept of traceability and might even go as far as suggesting a two step process of “seed to crop” and then “farm to dinner table” may be even more appropriate. As I have discussed in other posts, I do not feel that one forward one back traceability as is presently being pursued is enough to insure rapid detection and resolution of food born illnesses such as ecoli, salmonella and listeria among many others.

This is an important subject area that requires efforts beyond industry groups and trade organizations.

I look forward to your comments

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