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A Concerted Action for the development of a framework for the effective implementation of traceability of products throughout the food supply chain

Contract number : QLK1-2001-02202
Contract type : Concerted Action
Total cost : € 738.474
EC contribution : € 738.474
Starting date : not yet determined
Duration : 30 Months
Scientific Officer : Antonio di Giulio
Project website : not yet available
Dr Ian Smith
Automatic Identification Manufacturers (Europe) Ltd
The Old Vicarage, Haley Hill
HX3 6DR Halifax
United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 1422 368368
Fax: +441422355604
E-mail: ian @

FoodTrace is a thirty month Concerted Action to develop a traceability framework for the whole food chain from farm to table. It will enable the industry to meet the needs of consumers and other stakeholders. FoodTrace addresses key points in the Food Safety White Paper and the Quality of Life programme. It will have a stakeholder group to define socio-economic and political needs, seventeen plus nodes for national and sector interests, three Special Interest Groups to look at data carriers and data capture, information retrieval and eBusiness methods, supply chain models and traceability standards. FoodTrace will be open to all stakeholders through its website, e-news and e-discussion groups. There will be two working conferences, and net meetings throughout. FoodTrace will present its final report at a conference open to everyone involved in European and international food chains. It will post the report on its website.

  • To establish a generic framework for traceability in European and global food chains.
  • To determine the needs of all stakeholders, especially producers and consumers.
  • To involve member states and trading partners.
  • To develop traceability concepts.
  • To add traceability to supply chain models.
  • To support safety and quality of a diversity of food products.
  • To propose standards for item identification.
  • To provide a roadmap for the industry to implement item-attendant data carrier and data capture technologies.
  • To investigate the use of eBusiness technologies for a traceability system with hundreds of thousands of participants in many countries.
  • To recommend schema for product information and technology for information retrieval.
  • To propose innovative ways of presenting information to consumers and other stakeholders.
  • To deal with data access, security and confidentiality.
  • To identify areas for future RTD.
  • To publish an authoritative report.
  • To recommend an action plan at an open Conference.
(expected) Results and achievements
  • MS1 Pan European announcement.
  • MS2 Network structure, recruitment, planning completed; reference model, work plans published; group meeting, month 6.
  • MS3 Stakeholder requirements and state of art reviewed, month 12.
  • MS4 Working group proposals ready to present to network/stakeholders, month 18.
  • MS5 Framework reviewed/recommendations drafted, month 24.
  • MS6 Report, road maps, recommended RTD, standards, proposed action plan published; dissemination material ready, website revamped, month 30.


University of Central England
Faculty of Engineering & Computer Technology
Franchise Street
Perry Bara, PO Box B42 254
B42 2SU Birmingham
United Kingdom
Codeway Ltd
Telford Way
CO4 4QP Colchester
United Kingdom
Centrale für Coorganisation
Maarweg 133
51149 Köln
Groupement d'Etude et de Normalisation de la Codification
2, Rue Maurice Hartmann
92137 Issy-les-Moulineaux
Cimmedia Ltd
Shelfield Lodge
B49 6JN Shelfield, Warwickshire
United Kingdom
EAN Ireland
84/86 Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Institute of Logistics and Warehousing EAN Poland
Estkowskiego 6
61-755 Poznan
Oy Maxicon Ab
Riilahdentie 5.F.27
02360 Espoo
Association for Standards & Practices in Electronic Trade
Marketing & Communications
10 Maltravers Street
WC2R 3BX London
United Kingdom
AIM Denmark Co Logisys A/S
Skagensgade 35
2630 Tåstrup
Automatic Identification Association Uniscan
EAN Russia
Prospekt Vernadskogo, 53
PO Box 4
117415 Moscow
AIM Nederlands
Leembaan 60A
PO Box 180
5750 AD Deurne
The Netherlands
AIM Italy
AIM Sweden Ekonomist Forening
Neglinge Center
133 33 Saltsjübaden
National Association for International Artists
Numbering EAN Romania
Logistic Dpt.
Mexic St.13
71206 Bucharest
EAN-Austria Gesellschaft für kooperative Logistik GmbH
EAN Identification Systems
Mayerhofgasse 1/15
1040 Vienna
AIM Norway Pe Norsk Emballasieforening
AIM Magyarorszag Eghesueles
Becsi Ut 120
1034 Budapest
Euro Commerce Asbl
Rue Froissart 123-133
1040 Brussels
Automatic Identification Manufacturers UK
The Old Vicarage, Haley Hill
HX3 6DR Halifax
United Kingdom
Centrale für Coorganisation GmbH
Maarweg 133
51149 Köln
Groupement d'Etude et de Normalisation de la Codification
2, Rue Maurice Hartmann
92137 Issy-les-Moulineaux
Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
National EAN Bureau
42 P. Parchevich Straße
1000 Sofia

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