Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 11, Issue 3&4,2013
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Framework for an IT-based vegetable traceability system integrated two different operating mechanisms in China on comparison with two cities


Jian-Ping Qian 1,2, Xin-Ting Yang 1,2 *, Xue-Zhong Wang 3, Jin Lian 4, Bin Xing 1,2, Bei-Lei Fan 1,2, Ming Li 1,2

Recieved Date: 2013-06-04, Accepted Date: 2013-10-22


Traceability system is an effective measure to guarantee food quality and safety. Recently, IT-based vegetable traceability system with different information technology is focused on academic research and applied as pilot projects in some cities in China. This paper analyzes a structure of IT-based traceability system, including production identification, supply chain management system and central database. Based on the structure, traceability systems on different operating mechanisms are applied in two cities in China. A sample investigation with five parts is designed to analyze process and barriers of the operating mechanisms. Fifteen agribusinesses with the authorities-driven mechanism in Tianjin and 15 agribusinesses with the enterprise-driven mechanism in Guangzhou are selected for the investigation. The results show that the traceability systems with different driven mechanism have their own strengths and limitations. A framework for a vegetable traceability system integrated the strengths of two different operating mechanisms is proposed. Authorities department is responsible for the establishment of traceability service platform and setting uniform rules. Agribusiness enterprises are responsible for the development of information record system which is suitable for custom requirement on the uniform rules. Some measures are given to guarantee the system working well.


Traceability system, operating mechanism, vegetable, China

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2013
Volume: 11
Issue: 3&4
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 317-323

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