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Mona Elena Popa

University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, Romania

Traceability - a tool for improving transparency and confidence in the food chain

In the latest years the food industry is more and more aware on consumers’ needs and when food scandals and incidents appear, the response time is most important issue. Therefore, traceability system is not only a risk management tool but also becoming a good guarantee that the food is authentic, has good quality and it is safe, and allows food processors to withdraw or recall products that have been identified as unsafe or incorrectly labeled, thereby minimizing risk to the public, and to a company’s image.
Key challenging issues of nowadays include globalization of the food supply chain, changing industry processes and consumer preferences for fresher and minimally processed foods. In order to achieve consumer confidence, the company must provide, beside current food labelling system, clear information related to origin of products, ingredients and their attributes, from the farm through food processing to retail, foodservice and the consumer. The agri-food traceability systems are not only a tool for meet legislation demand but also are becoming a useful promotional tool in a transparency manner for the companies.
The use of newly developments of mobile technology and internet can also facilitate this information transfer. We only need to keep in mind that in the center of the new communication model must be the food consumer who want to have the opportunity to choose what to know and how about their food. This paper presents comprehensive information about available traceability systems with regards to food transparency and consumer confidence in the food supply chain.

Mona Elena Popa

University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, Romania

Mona Elena Popa

University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, Romania

Biography

Prof. Dr. Popa Mona Elena graduated from the Faculty of Food Chemistry and Technology, University of Galaţi in 1985 and is currently Full professor at Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest. She is a PhD coordinator in field of Biotechnology (8 students have already received PhD title and 10 are ongoing PhD candidates). Main topics of research are related to food sustainability: plant antimicrobials, novel techniques for food preservation, new food packaging materials and systems for extended shelf life, biodegradability, toxicity of the new materials, bioactive compounds in berry fruits and wines, processing of fruits in functional drinks to develop smoothie.
After graduation she immediately started to work in industry for 2 years. Later she joined the university and has gained a rich R&D experience of for over 30 years in the fields of food science, food quality and safety, food preservation and packaging, biodegradability of packaging materials, and ecotoxicity of new developed materials. Her research accomplishments consists of more than finished 70 research projects of national and international significance. She has been a partner in multi competence joint projects and also acted in some projects as a project director. She has a rich publishing experience with 21 already published books or chapters and over 250 papers or conference presentations at national and international level.

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