When cooking, dining out or grocery shopping, do you ever wonder where your food comes from, where certain ingredients are processed, who processed it and how it was distributed? With the rise in foodborne outbreaks, this is a topic that should concern everyone.
Global Food Traceability Center is a company that is trying to keep track of where food comes from. In a recent report of food traceability practices of 21 OECD countries, the only area in the world where countries were found to have “Superior” food traceability practices was the European Union. The U.S., Canada and Japan were ranked as “Average” (Brones, 2014).
The U.S. is supposed to have some of the best health practices, so why are they ranked “Average”? The European Union has an interactive website that explains food traceability to consumers. U.S. consumers are kept in the dark about food traceability, especially concerning GMO ingredients. The U.S. is one of two major beef producing countries and we do not have a national cattle identification or traceability system. China, however, is ranked as “Poor” when it comes to identifying beef products.
With the spread of Ebola, mad cow disease, salmonella, listeria and other diseases, it is imperative that food traceability become the norm for the government and food industry because food can come from anywhere on the planet.
To read more on this topic, click on the following link:
Brones, A. (2014). Care2, “Which countries are the best at tracing where their food came from?” Retrieved, September 4, 2014, from: http://www.care2.com/causes/which-countries-are-the-best-at-tracing-where-their-food-came-from.html