Bringing traceability to Ontario’s food

This post sort of links in to my post earlier today about food labelling – but certainly to the bigger issue that has been on the minds of many Canadians recently: where does my food come from?

The listeria outbreak that has claimed 19 lives so far in Canada, coupled with China’s tainted milk powder scandal and the salmonella in tomatoes that sickened thousands across America earlier this year, highlights more than ever the need for traceability in our food system. The who, what, where, when, why and how remain somewhat undefined at this point, although progress is definitely being made.

OnTrace is an industry-led initiative in Ontario that is helping to bring traceability systems to the agri-food sector in the province through the development of a premises registry. The idea is to help the sector better prepare for emergency situations, whether it’s a foreign animal disease, food recall or natural disaster that threatens the food supply.

CEO Brian Sterling has just launched his OnTrace blog where he’ll muse publicly about issues related to food safety and traceability. I wish him well with this new venture – blogging can be a powerful tool to generate discussion and engage readers. I look forward to reading more.

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