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SaFES - IST - 1999 - 20842

Safe Food Enhancement System



3. PROJECT OBJECTIVES

Trial Objectives

The trial was to take the SAFES prototype pilot and introduce it into two manufacturing environments (the cooked meats industry and the poultry industry) in two specific European markets for the purpose of producing a commercial system to be disseminated throughout the European Union. This involved gathering real time data via dataloggers linked to a secure modem management system to monitor pre-designated Critical Control Points (CCPs) previously established by on-line production of a HACCP plan using the SaFES tool. Participating users are able to view, via a web browser, the HACCP plan, corrective action processing compliant with the HACCP plan and CCP data. This enables the users to reduce costs and improve confidence across a distributed team structure by releasing relevant data to other parties involved in that food supply chain in a secure and user friendly manner.


Furthermore, it was our intention to disseminate the results of the trial to as wide an audience as possible throughout the EUs Member States and NAS in as smart and cost effective a manner as possible.

The above objectives can be broken down into four basic tasks:

  • To implement an on-line system allowing HACCP design and automated data collection.
  • To assess the performance of SaFES against expected standards.
  • To measure the impact of SaFES on that part of the food supply chain involved in the trial.
  • To disseminate the results of the trial to as wide an audience as possible within the constraints of the budget.

3.1 Implementation of the System

The implementation of SaFES was broken down into a series of discrete tasks allowing a staged build up of the system. The system and sub-systems were assessed against their expected functions throughout the implementation. Reliability and integrity of data are vital aspects, and was established as part of this phase. The methodology underlying the implementation is outlined in the Methodologies section below.

3.2 Assessment against Relevant Standards

To assess the performance of SaFES against expected standards, SaFES was evaluated against:

  • The accepted industry requirements of a HACCP tool.
  • The relevant standards for e-commerce tools.

3.2.1 Accepted Industry Requirements of a HACCP Tool

The trial found that the SaFES tool comprises the basic principles and follows the normal stages used when working out a HACCP plan. With the exception of verification procedures and flow-diagrams the SaFES system fulfils HACCP requirements.

The output from the SaFES tool was evaluated by Scanfo Aps against EU and national directives and the HACCP Plan produced complies with the following legislation and standards:

EU

Council Directive 94/93/EEC of 14 June 1993 on the hygiene of foodstuffs; article 3. Council Directive 92/116/EEC on health problems affecting trade in fresh poultry meat, article 3 (c), chapter VII, Annex I regarding water chilling (42).

Denmark

Departmental order: "Bekendtgørelse om egenkontrol I fødevarevirksomheder" Bekendtgørelse nr. 30 af 19. Januar 2001, 36, stk. (subsection) 2, 37, 52, 63, 66, stk. 3, and 78, stk. 3 in law no. 471 of 1. July 1998 regarding food (the Danish food law).

USDA

Generic HACCP Model for Poultry Slaughter, based on Food Safety and Inspection Service, "Contents of HACCP Plans" (Federal Register: January 30, 1998; Volume 63, Number 20, Rules and Regulations page 4562)


3.2.2 Relevant Standards for e-commerce Tools

The SaFES tool produced as part of the SaFES project is a prototype system. As such the trial system has been developed on a relatively small scale in that there are only two user sites. This inevitably means that the production system will have to be scaled with the back up of a commercially supported data warehouse. As the commercial data warehouse is the subject of on-going negotiation, the aspects of conformance with e-commerce standards in this area cannot as yet be established.

It is a trial to prove the commercial concepts based on an existing off-line product. The trial, to fit in with this, used the same data structure as the off-line tool that was developed several years ago before many of the current standards were developed.

3.3 The Impact of SaFES on the Food Supply Chain

The impact of SaFES on both the food supply chain and the various user functions explored in the trial are described in section 5.2 below.

3.4 Dissemination of Results

The SaFES dissemination activities have been geared to spreading the message that: SaFES is an egalitarian catalyst for change, harnessing ubiquitous web technology to yield solutions that are affordable to SMEs (in the food industry) whilst changing business processes that have major implications for supply chain management and food safety.

SaFES will help food operators comply in a cost-effective and controlled manner with the Legislation under preparation vis-à-vis "Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of the Hygiene of Foodstuffs" which should be directly applicable in all Member States from 1 January 2004.

The main thrust of the dissemination has been to raise awareness and in due course to encourage:

  • Take-up of SaFES by rural food producers
  • Smooth and affordable transition by food companies in complying with the above cited proposed legislation
  • Smooth early usage of the methodologies required by the new legislation into the Accession States to facilitate enlargement.

Further details on the dissemination activities undertaken can be found in the Dissemination and Use Report, Deliverable D6.


     
The SaFES Project is partially financed by the EU's