Scientists and food industry stakeholders will gather in Winnipeg this week to explore traceability in the agriculture and food sector. The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Richardson Centre of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals are hosting Trace R&D 2009, a national conference on traceability June 2 and 3 at the Fairmont Hotel.
Traceability is the ability to follow food products, whether sourced from plants or animals, from their origin on the farm through transportation, processing and distribution into the retail market.
The first conference of its kind in Canada, Trace R&D 2009 has been organized by the University of Manitoba and is supported by Canada’s Industry-Government Advisory Committee on Traceability. The conference will communicate the latest research findings and technologies and bring together the different stakeholders in government, academia and industry.
Trace R&D 2009 brings together more than 200 participants from across Canada, the United States, and around the world to discuss current traceability R&D and to develop a Canadian strategy to guide future research and developments, collaborations and regulations in food traceability.
“Traceability has become a top-of-mind issue among consumers and regulators world-wide. There's increasing demand by consumers to know something about the foods that they are buying,” said Dr. Karin Wittenberg, associate dean with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and conference chair.
“Our goal is to develop a forward-looking strategy that uses sound science and policy to ensure successful traceability systems in the Canadian agriculture and food sectors. Not only can we improve our competitiveness in the global food industry, we will address such issues as food safety, biosecurity and consumer awareness.”
Conference sponsors include the Government of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and other government and industry partners. To learn more, visit www.trace-rd.com.