Traceability analysis

Traceability analysis

Green mung beans

A traceability analysis is given for each business in the supply chain from the supermarket back to the importer of the seeds. This is used to illustrate how each type of business establishes traceability and keeps records, and how this can be used to identify and trace the source of the sprouted seeds identified as the cause of the E,coli infection. This data can then be used to help investigate the cause or source of the contamination with E.coli at the different stages in the supply chain.


In this scenario the supply chain consists of a number of stages in sequence, from the broker (importer) of the seeds for sprouting, through the sprouted seeds business to the supermarket retailing the sprouted seeds.

The focus of the case study is on traceability based on the one step back and one step forward approach by each food business in the supply chain, importer to supermarket. The analysis involves identifying the details of the identification read, the information recorded and the identification applied at each process step that might be used to establish traceability

One step back gives details of the materials received into the business. In this case study the wholesale trader (importer of the seeds for sprouting), the seed sprouting business and the supermarket (retailer).

The one step forward gives details of the product supplied to another business. In this case study the wholesale trader and seed sprouting business. The supermarket (retailer) is supplying the sprouted seeds to the end consumer and not another business.