Internet databank set up for animal traceability

EU - Food processors will now be able to tell where their meat supplies originated just by scanning the ears of the livestock and plugging a number into an Internet data bank.

The system speeds up the process of tracing the history of an animal. The free system has been set up by ScoringAg as part of the company's expansion of its online tracking and traceability system for food supply chains.

The system is part of the new push to meet US regulations covering traceability, or record keeping. The EU and the US have adopted similar rules that require food companies to keep records of the operator immediately before them in the supply chain and the operator immediately after them.

With ScoringAg's system, processors will now be able to scan the animals radio frequency identification (RFID) tag or its barcode tag and put the number into the company's search page at The number can also be seen visually and entered manually.

calendar icon 26 October 2005
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