Traceability in Agriculture: what it is, how to implement and why should you care

Traceability in Agriculture: what it is, how to implement and why should you care

Traceability is the process of tracking products from origin to final destination. The ease and increased demand for traceability have spurred a range of new applications in agriculture. With so many uses and implementations, it’s easy to get confused about what traceability actually is, how it relates to other technologies, and why you should care. This blog will break down the basics about traceable in agriculture, explaining what it isn’t, examples of its implementation, and why you need to care if your operation is not already implementing traceability.

What is traceability in agriculture?

A traceable supply chain is one that has a permanent record of who, what, and where all products are in their life cycle. This record can be used to trace the origins and destinations of agricultural products to ensure the products are grown and handled responsibly. Traceability is important in the food industry due to the increased prevalence of food-borne illnesses caused by pathogens that can only be transmitted through food. The consequences of a traceable supply chain can be reduced incidence of food-borne illness by ensuring that all food products travel only one Km, one day, and one person after being produced. You can read more about Traceability in Agriculture at

Key Concepts in Traceability

– A traceable product is a product that can be traced from its origin to its destination. Importing products that have no traceability may not only violate government regulations but also poses a huge risk for the consumer as it may lead to increased risk of food-borne illnesses.

– When an item is certified as traceable, that means that the organization that certified it vouches for the authenticity of the item and the quality of the product. This can be done through scanning and logging of products, a computerized management system, and other electronic techniques.

– Every product has a unique identity that can include its lot number, expiry date, and other information as needed to track it from the beginning of its journey to its end.

– Every entity that is involved in the supply chain, such as the producer, distributor, and retailer, can be considered a part of the traceability system.