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The ExTra Tool—A Practical Example of Extended Food Traceability for Cheese Productions

  • Ignazio Mania
  • Amélia Martins Delgado
  • Caterina Barone
  • Salvatore Parisi
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Abstract

At present, the problem of traceability in food industries is one of the most important and emerging factors with a notable influence on the management of food business operators. In fact, the mandatory requisite of traceability, both from raw materials to final products and vice versa, is mentioned in many legislative documents and in the most important voluntary food certification standards. The situation is continually evolving, and the most part of food and beverage sectors are trying to find different solutions. Traceability is one of the main pillars of the modern food safety strategy worldwide. The sector of milk and dairy productions can show an extremely variegated situation because of the many possible intermediate and final products associated with the original raw material: milk. The flow of input information has to be analysed, raw material per raw material; the same thing is true when speaking of output information concerning final products and by-products (sometimes defined ‘off-line’ products). One or more processing food business operators can be involved in the global process; the role of water has to be considered. The aim of this chapter is to describe in practice the complex operations—named jointly ‘traceability’—related to a peculiar sub-area of milk-based products: cow’s milk cheese by means of a software product—the ExTra tool—with reference to two simulated productions: Mozzarella cheese and a general semi-hard cheese.

Keywords

Input information European Union Off-line Output information Cheese Milk Traceability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ignazio Mania
    • 1
  • Amélia Martins Delgado
    • 2
  • Caterina Barone
    • 3
  • Salvatore Parisi
    • 4
  1. 1.Gambino Industrie Alimentari S.p.A.Carini, SicilyItaly
  2. 2.MeditBio-Centre for Mediterranean Bioresources and FoodUniversity of AlgarveFaroPortugal
  3. 3.Componiamo il Futuro (CO.I.F.) AssociationPalermoItaly
  4. 4.Componiamo il Futuro (CO.I.F.) AssociationPalermoItaly

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