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Food traceability and its role in recalls risk mitigation

Grant number: 20/06309-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2020
Effective date (End): July 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Production Engineering - Production Management
Principal researcher:Andrea Lago da Silva
Grantee:João Guilherme Pulita
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Food supply chains are increasingly becoming complex and susceptible to risks that can cause product quality failures and, consequently, result in a recall incident. Such an event is recurrent and represents significant risks to the health of end consumers, in addition to being detrimental to the performance of the companies involved. Therefore, it is essential to adopt actions that more quickly identify possible failures and mitigate risks in supply chains, in order to avoid food recalls. Among these actions, traceability is addressed in several studies as an instrument of food quality control. However, there are gaps in the literature regarding its use in the management of recall risk in food supply chains. Therefore, the objective of this research is to characterize how traceability contributes to the identification of risks in food recalls. To do so, it is intended, initially, to read the scope based on articles published in the main journals related to the theme, in order to define the questions to be addressed in the research, identify keywords and elaborate search strings. Then, a systematic review of the literature will be carried out, in order to deepen the knowledge of the research problem. Thus, a content analysis of the articles chosen will be made at the end of this stage with the aid of the QDA Miner software. At the end of this project, it is intended to define how traceability can help in mitigating risks in food recalls through an explanatory table, according to the surveyed literature.

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