The HACCP, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, and the ISO 22000 standards, are used to control the wide variability and differences in food quality found among different nations. The recent legislation on traceability and serialization in the pharmaceutical field has contributed to increase the levels of communication and interoperability throughout the value chain. This health care is composed of producers, wholesalers, logistics, service providers, pharmacies, hospitals, sales points and assistance in health.
Like the pharma industry, a legislation in consumer goods is being introduced (or is expected due to fraud, adulteration, sophistication, alteration, counterfeiting is multiplying) with considerable consequences for public health, together with the associated costs. Either the market is regulated, or the consumer requires more protection.
We are getting closer to a new era of the Food Industry, where systems must also be able to manage the complexity of the huge amounts of information and data needed to track food in the long logistic journey, as it passes "from field to fork".