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Foods 2016, 5(1), 11; doi:10.3390/foods5010011

Wine Traceability: A Data Model and Prototype in Albanian Context

Department of Statistics and Applied Informatics, Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana, Rruga e Elbasanit, Tirane, 1001, Albania
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Wijitha Senadeera
Received: 22 December 2015 / Revised: 2 February 2016 / Accepted: 3 February 2016 / Published: 17 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food Modelling)
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Abstract

Vine traceability is a critical issue that has gained interest internationally. Quality control programs and schemes are mandatory in many countries including EU members and the USA. Albania has transformed most of the EU regulations on food into laws. Regarding the vine sector, the obligation of wine producers to keep traceability data is part of the legislation. The analysis on the interviews conducted with Albanian winemakers show that these data are actually recorded only in hard copy. Another fact that emerges from the interviews is that only two producers have implemented the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards on food. The purpose of this paper is to develop an agile and automated traceability system based on these standards. We propose a data model and system prototype that are described in the second and third section of this work. The data model is an adaption along the lines of the GS1 (Global Standards One) specifications for a wine supply chain. The proposed prototype has a key component that is mobile access to the information about wine through barcode technology. By using this mechanism the consumer obtains transparency on his expectations concerning the quality criteria. Another important component of the proposed system in this paper is a real-time notification module that works as an alert system when a risk is identified. This can help producers and authorities to have a rapid identification of a contaminated product. It is important in cases when recalling the product from the market or preventing it from reaching the consumer. View Full-Text
Keywords: wine data model; traceability information system; product chain; food safety; real-time notification wine data model; traceability information system; product chain; food safety; real-time notification
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Vukatana, K.; Sevrani, K.; Hoxha, E. Wine Traceability: A Data Model and Prototype in Albanian Context. Foods 2016, 5, 11.

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