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Food Additives for Analogue Cheeses and Traceability: The ExTra Tool

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

This chapter is explicitly dedicated to a particular and multi-faceted category of entering raw materials (input data) for the production of processed cheeses and cheese imitation products. The entering information in a traceability (tracking and tracing) system for these products has to concern many possible ingredients, including food additives. Different chemicals may be added with various functions when speaking of processed cheeses, but the production of analogue cheeses appears more interesting. In general, the classification of food additives takes into account the particular function(s) these compounds are expected to perform during the production and in the subsequent steps. Moreover, the proposed use of these compounds has to be declared on food labels. At the same time, traceability has to take these information—specific for each possible additive—into account. The aim of this chapter is to describe the complex operations—named joint ‘traceability’—with exclusive concern to ‘minor’ ingredients (food additives) by means of a software product: the ExTra tool. Discussed simulated products are a processed cheese and a general imitation cheese.

Keywords

Analogue cheese Extended Traceability European Union Food additive Food business operator Off-line Traceability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ignazio Mania
    • 1
  • Amelia 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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