Commenced in January 2007
Frequency: Monthly
Edition: International
Paper Count: 31225
IT System in the Food Supply Chain Safety: Application in SMEs Sector

Authors: Mohsen Shirani, Micaela Demichela


Food supply chain is one of the most complex supply chain networks due to its perishable nature and customer oriented products, and food safety is the major concern for this industry. IT system could help to minimize the production and consumption of unsafe food by controlling and monitoring the entire system. However, there have been many issues in adoption of IT system in this industry specifically within SMEs sector. With this regard, this study presents a novel approach to use IT and tractability systems in the food supply chain, using application of RFID and central database.

Keywords: Food Safety, Food Supply Chain, SME, IT system

Digital Object Identifier (DOI):

Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 1865


[1] Key indicators, food and beverage service activities (NACE Division 56), EU-27, 2012 - Source: Eurostat (sbs_na_1a_se_r2).
[2] Costa, C., Antonucci, F., Pallottino, F., Aguzzi, J., Sarriá, D., & Menesatti, P. (2013). A review on agri-food supply chain traceability by means of RFID technology. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 6(2), 353-366.
[3] Manzini, R., & Accorsi, R. (2013). The new conceptual framework for food supply chain assessment. Journal of Food Engineering, 115(2), 251-263.
[4] Lu, J., & Bowles, M. (2014). Improving the food safety in supply chain: the value of nanotechnology on a growing problem. Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, 6(2), 123-133.
[5] Aung, M. M., & Chang, Y. S. (2014). Traceability in a food supply chain: Safety and quality perspectives. Food control, 39, 172-184.
[6] FAO/WHO. (2010). FAO/WHO Expert meeting on the application of nanotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors: potential food safety implications. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization.
[7] Folinas, D., Manikas, I., & Manos, B. (2006). Traceability data management for food chains. British Food Journal, 108(8), 622-633
[8] Wognum, P. N., Bremmers, H., Trienekens, J. H., van der Vorst, J. G., & Bloemhof, J. M. (2011). Systems for sustainability and transparency of food supply chains–Current status and challenges. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 25(1), 65-76.
[9] Cui, C., Wang, K., & Zou, S. (2013). Review of Traceability System of Food Safety. World Agriculture, 5, 27-32.
[10] Shelton, A. M., Zhao, J. Z., & Roush, R. T. (2002). Economic, ecological, food safety, and social consequences of the deployment of Bt transgenic plants. Annual review of entomology, 47(1), 845-881.
[11] WHO. (2002). WHO global strategy for food safety: Safer food for better health. Retrieved from publications/general/en/ strategy_en.pdf.
[12] Scharff, R. L. (2010). Health-related costs from foodborne illness in the United States. Retrieved from media?id1⁄40009.
[13] Asian Productivity Organisation. (2009). Food safety management manual. Tokyo, Japan.
[14] Westhoek, H., Lesschen, J. P., Rood, T., Wagner, S., De Marco, A., Murphy-Bokern, D. & Oenema, O. (2014). Food choices, health and environment: effects of cutting Europe's meat and dairy intake. Global Environmental Change, 26, 196-205.
[15] M.R. Kosseva, Processing of food wastes, Adv. Food Nutr. Res., 58 (2009), pp. 57–136.
[16] FAO, & WHO. (2003). Assuring food safety and quality: Guideline for strengthening national food control system. Joint FAO/WHO Publication.
[17] Carpenter, D. (2014). Reputation and power: organizational image and pharmaceutical regulation at the FDA. Princeton University Press.
[18] ISO 22000. (2005). Retrieved from catalogue_detail? csnumber1⁄435466.
[19] European Commission Health and Consumers. Guidance on the implementation of articles 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19 and 20 of regulation (EC) nb. 178/2002 on general food law (2010) Consulted 14/1/2015
[20] FSA. (2002). Traceability in the food chain a preliminary study. UK: Food Standard Agency. Retrieved from pdfs/traceabilityinthefoodchain.pdf.
[21] Crossbow Technology (2004) Inc, Smart Dust/Mote Training Seminar, San Francisco, California July 22–23.
[22] Mapa, L., Aryal, G., & Chanda, K. (2010, May). Effect of nanofluids on the readability of RFID tags. In Electro/Information Technology (EIT), 2010 IEEE International Conference on (pp. 1-6). IEEE.
[23] Bosona, T., & Gebresenbet, G. (2013). Food traceability as an integral part of logistics management in food and agricultural supply chain. Food Control, 33(1), 32-48.