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#1 Saida

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 07:38 PM

Dear Members,

 

I have a question regarding serial/batch/lot numbers of products. I am working in governmental organization. Very often we meet with problem "how to identify imported products serial/batch/lot numbers". Sometimes inspectors just can not find it. My question barcodes and production date&time can be used as a serial/batch/lot numbers to identify and track food product and help in case of withdrawal and recall? Because as I know some barcodes (or all of them) contain information about serial/batch/lot numbers even item.

 

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Saida S



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Posted 23 July 2018 - 08:31 AM

Hi Saida,
I think the answer to that is "maybe".

Some barcodes will be unique and facilitate proper traceability, but not all - this is going to depend to an extent on the format and content of the specific barcodes used. It's also quite a lot of detail to expect someone to write down accurately and I've always found shipping to go smoothest when things are as easy as possible for customs points!

Production date/time may uniquely identify the batch so that could work, but again in the interests of making it relatively simple for traceability at customer, import/export control etc , there is perhaps some merit to having a clear "batch code" or "lot code" marked on the label. This means everyone can readily identify it without needing to know that the production date doubles as the batch code.



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Posted 28 July 2018 - 01:29 PM

Dear Sida,

 

see your food law requirements on labelling which all imported products have to fullfil. In the EC it is madatory that consumers can clearly read the data.

 

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