Traceability scenario

Traceability scenario

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The case study illustrates traceability in a wild game supply chain including a small business distance selling. The case study is based on an incident involving illness following eating game meat and an investigation to determine the cause or source of contamination.


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) was contacted by a Local Authority (LA) after reports that a number of people had become ill following eating at a restaurant in central London. Follow up questions indicated that they had all eaten wild game.

The investigation

The FSA advised the Local Authority to further investigate the potential cause of the illness and it was established that the diners all ate game which had been sourced from the same on-line retail butcher. The relevant authority contacted the LA in the area where the butcher was based and traced the game meat to a game handling establishment (GHE). The FSA were advised of the GHE approval number and following further investigation managed to trace back to the hunter.

One step back and one step forward

The case study comprises an example traceability analysis for each business in the game meat supply chain, from the hunter of the wild game to the restaurant who serves the game meat to the final consumer. It is given to illustrate the application of the one step back and one step forward requirement for traceability by each business. The application of traceability in practice will depend on the nature and size of a business.