Title: Traceability in postharvest quality management

Authors: A. Frank Bollen, Colin P. Riden, Linus U. Opara

Addresses: Supply Chain Systems Group, Lincoln Ventures Ltd., Private Bag 3062, Ruakura Research Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand. ' Supply Chain Systems Group, Lincoln Ventures Ltd., Private Bag 3062, Ruakura Research Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand. ' Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 34, Al-Khod 123, Musact, Sultanate of Oman

Abstract: Traceability is now an expected component of most modern supply chains for perishable foods traded internationally. The ability to trace back and trace forward information associated with production and postharvest handling activities with specified lines of products to provide evidence of good practice has become increasingly important. There are opportunities to add significant value to these traceability requirements by applying other uses to the information that has to be captured. In this article, we present an overview of the concept of traceability and we use three case studies to: 1. discuss the use of traceability information in conjunction with heat transfer models and monitoring of environmental conditions to predict potential market quality; 2. demonstrate how improved traceability can facilitate better exchange of supply chain information between parties and add value to information provided back to growers; 3. show how improved transparency in the coolchain can be achieved for container sea freights.

Keywords: traceability; supply chain management; SCM; postharvest quality management; perishable foods; postharvest handling; heat transfer models; environmental monitoring; potential market quality; supply chain information; information exchange; container sea freights; food supply chains.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPTI.2006.009186

International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation, 2006 Vol.1 No.1, pp.93 - 105

Available online: 08 Mar 2006 *

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