In less than a month new EU food hygiene regulations will come into effect, forcing farmers, processors and distributors to definitively implement farm to fork traceability. E-FRUITRACE has validated a Europe-wide Internet-based solution for the fruit sector.
“From January 1, 2006 traceability will cease to be an added-value element in the agricultural industry and will become obligatory because of the introduction of the new EU legislation,” explains Pedro de la Peña, the technical manager of E-FRUITRACE at Agromare in Spain. “All of the actors involved in the agri-food sector therefore need comprehensive and compatible solutions to allow them to track produce.”
Aimed at the fruit sector, which represents around 7.3 per cent of Europe’s final agricultural production, the E-FRUITRACE IST project validated a system that overcomes the key problem facing the implementation of Europe-wide traceability: the incompatibility of different platforms used by different actors in different countries.
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