Determining the Origin of Seafood Products on the Belgian Market: Challenges to Traceability and Database Management
I. Sioen*, 1, 2, W. Verbeke3, S. De Henauw1, K. Parmentier4, M. Raemaekers5, J. Willems1, J. Van Cam2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2007
First Page: 33
Last Page: 42
Publisher Id: TOFSJ-1-33
Article History:Electronic publication date: 15/12/2007
Collection year: 2007
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In countries where the majority of the seafood is imported, information about seafood origin is important in particular from a food safety perspective. In the case of Belgium, no database is available describing the origin of commercial seafood products. This investigation to determine the origin revealed three important problems. First, information needed to stem from different non-related databases; second, import countries did not define fishing grounds or product sites; third, seafood may have transited many areas and no information was available on this. Since European traceability regulations have been established for seafood, some limited extra efforts with respect to data collection and management can lead to (inter)national databases making seafood traceability information more practically useful, for example towards public health policy making.