Food Chain Integrity
A Holistic Approach to Food Traceability, Safety, Quality, and Authenticity
by Jeffrey Hoorfar
Edition: 1st., 2011
Improving the integrity of the food chain – making certain that food is traceable, safe to eat, high quality and genuine – requires new diagnostic tools, the implementation of novel information systems and input from all food chain participants. Food chain integrity reviews key research in this fast-moving area and how it can be applied to improve the provision of food to the consumer.
Chapters in part 1 review developments in food traceability, such as food ‘biotracing’, and methods to prevent food bioterrorism. Following this, part 2 focuses on developments in food safety and quality management. Topics covered include advances in understanding of pathogen behavior, control of foodborne viruses, hazard ranking and the role of animal feed in food safety. Chapters in part 3 explore essential aspects of food authenticity, from the traceability of genetically modified organisms in supply chains to new methods to demonstrate food origin. Finally, part 4 focuses on consumer views on food chain integrity and future trends.