On the track of fish batches in three distribution networks

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012

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Three fish products sampled in retail shops were traced back to their origin and fish from the same batch were tracked forward towards the retailer, thereby simulating a recall situation. The resulting distribution networks were very complex, but to the extent that companies were willing to provide the necessary information, it was possible to locate the end destinations of the fish batches. The batch sizes and the number of companies involved clearly rose when batch joining occurred. Thus, a fault in a small batch can potentially have widespread implications. The study also underlines the importance of discovering a fault as early as possible in order to minimise the costs of a recall. The localisation of distributed products during a recall operation can be facilitated by a well-constructed traceability system.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFood Control
Publication date2012
Volume26
Journal number2
Pages439-445
ISSN0956-7135
DOIs
StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 1

Keywords

  • Fish products, Traceability, Track forward, Trace back, Simulated recalls, Food
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