What is Traceability?
According to Irish & EU Food Law, "Traceability" is the ability to trace and follow a food, feed, food-producing animal or substance intended to be, or expected to be, incorporated into a food or feed, through all stages of production, processing and distribution.
In simple terms what this means is that every Food Business Operator (FBO) must be able to identify from whom and to whom a product has been supplied and have systems and procedures in place that allow for this information to be made available to the FSAI.
One up one down traceability
The requirement is "one up, one down". This means that FBO's have a system in place enabling them to identify the immediate supplier(s) and immediate customer(s) of their products. There must be a link established showing which products supplied from which supplier and a customer link showing which products supplied to which customer.