Traceability in Seafood
Ron Bulmer Consulting Inc

Drivers

Increased consumer demand for food safety
FDA Rules re Prior Notice and Record Keeping
Country of Origin Labeling for seafood in USA
European Union General Food Law regulations
Quebec regulations for meat
Federal action by CFIA
USA Congress has new bills in works

Industry Government Response

Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors
Electronic Commerce Council of Canada
“Cantrace” System being developed
“EAN.UCC” system is basis for Cantrace
Federal Provincial Territorial Agri-Food Committee
Value Added Round Table
Agriculture and Agrifood Canada is funding base
ECCC Activities

Mandate is traceability in “food”

Model is one up one down with data management


GTIN or Global Trade Item number
14 digits in 4 variations
Identifier for inputs

SSCC or Serial Shipping Container Code
18-digit identifier

GLN Global Location Number

UPC Universal Product Code


SEAFOOD Model

Farmed Wild
Feeding -
Brood stock -
Hatchery Vessel/species
On growing sorting/collector
Sales Sales

Processing

Distribution

Retail

Consumer

End customer wants only one system for all food
Government Opportunities

DFO
Traceability is a new international tool
(CITES, ICCAT, CCAMLR, MSC)
Could be part of mandatory DFO license scheme
Replace the current landings data system
Electronic database for DFO is nearly instantaneous
Purchaser records could be checked against landings
Replaces dockside monitoring
Cost efficiencies in the system

DFO needs to be involved “now” in test pilots
DFO needs to review the legal implications

CFIA
New traceability rules need to be part of QMP
CFIA can give international assurances on our systems
CFIA data management and collection improves
Import control systems will improve
Cost efficiencies in system

CFIA needs to be involved “now” in test pilots

DFO/CFIA needs to support seafood industry in being able to source some funding. (AAFC’s Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program $80 million over 4 years)


BC SEAFOOD ALLIANCE ROLE

Interface with province and federal govt.

Interface with the other organizations
(FCC, CAIA, provincial structures)

Need to coordinate pilots and results between coasts

Ensure the ECCC generic model for “food” works for seafood in both wild and farmed models


MAKING TRACEABILITY WORK FOR THE INDUSTRY IS A KEY CHALLENGE FOR 2004

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