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Traceability in charitable food redistribution system - ensuring food safety and quality in a cold chain

Ananprakrit, Natthida LU and Esbjörnsson, Maria LU (2017) MTTM03 20171
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Food waste, within the wider phenomenon of resource waste, has become a global issue due to its direct impact on climate change. Food redistribution via food banks is highlighted as a waste reduction strategy because it not only tackles the environmental impact from food production, but also provides food security to vulnerable people by redistributing the discarded food from food industries to social organizations. This emerging actor in the food chain deals with food in susceptible states and lies at the far end of the chain. To ensure that food safety and security is not compromised, good traceability in the whole food chain is essential to guarantee the quality of food supplied to those in need.
This study investigated Stockholm’s... (More)
Food waste, within the wider phenomenon of resource waste, has become a global issue due to its direct impact on climate change. Food redistribution via food banks is highlighted as a waste reduction strategy because it not only tackles the environmental impact from food production, but also provides food security to vulnerable people by redistributing the discarded food from food industries to social organizations. This emerging actor in the food chain deals with food in susceptible states and lies at the far end of the chain. To ensure that food safety and security is not compromised, good traceability in the whole food chain is essential to guarantee the quality of food supplied to those in need.
This study investigated Stockholm’s Stadsmission food bank on its traceability practices and emphasized the challenges of food redistribution with regards to safety and quality. The aim was to provide the food bank with ideas for improvement. The study showed that the traceability practices at the food bank were sufficient to guarantee food safety for the current operating conditions, though potential for systematic errors was still detected. While the Swedish chicken food industry displayed a supply chain with good temperature control, the main challenge in redistribution was a lack of temperature control at all receiving and dispatching points. The thesis concludes that the food bank should implement more robust traceability systems in preparation for the anticipated growth of the food redistribution industry. (Less)
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Ananprakrit, Natthida LU and Esbjörnsson, Maria LU
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MTTM03 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Traceability, Cold chain, Food bank, Chicken food chain, and Temperature monitoring
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English
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8909440
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2017-05-30 14:34:52
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2017-05-30 14:34:52
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  abstract     = {Food waste, within the wider phenomenon of resource waste, has become a global issue due to its direct impact on climate change. Food redistribution via food banks is highlighted as a waste reduction strategy because it not only tackles the environmental impact from food production, but also provides food security to vulnerable people by redistributing the discarded food from food industries to social organizations. This emerging actor in the food chain deals with food in susceptible states and lies at the far end of the chain. To ensure that food safety and security is not compromised, good traceability in the whole food chain is essential to guarantee the quality of food supplied to those in need.
This study investigated Stockholm’s Stadsmission food bank on its traceability practices and emphasized the challenges of food redistribution with regards to safety and quality. The aim was to provide the food bank with ideas for improvement. The study showed that the traceability practices at the food bank were sufficient to guarantee food safety for the current operating conditions, though potential for systematic errors was still detected. While the Swedish chicken food industry displayed a supply chain with good temperature control, the main challenge in redistribution was a lack of temperature control at all receiving and dispatching points. The thesis concludes that the food bank should implement more robust traceability systems in preparation for the anticipated growth of the food redistribution industry.},
  author       = {Ananprakrit, Natthida and Esbjörnsson, Maria},
  keyword      = {Traceability,Cold chain,Food bank,Chicken food chain,and Temperature monitoring},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Traceability in charitable food redistribution system - ensuring food safety and quality in a cold chain},
  year         = {2017},
}