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Last Updated: January 30, 2014

Topic: Traceability


Throughout the past few years, the integrity of U.S. food supply has been compromised by several safety breaches. As a result it is likely that new legislation will mandate a more cohesive traceability system.


The candy industry is committed to providing consumers with safe and wholesome food products. As part of achieving that commitment, NCA supports systems that are practical, risk-based and cost-effective to ensure rapid identification of the source of a food safety incident. In the case of commingled raw agricultural commodities like cocoa beans, NCA believes it is sensible to traceback as far as the point at which they undergo a processing “kill step” that eliminates the major food safety risk. Any effort to traceback beyond that point would only make the task more complex and costly while having no beneficial impact on the safety of our food supply.

Related Topics: Food Safety/FSMA

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