A new study has shown the potential for contamination of globally sourced foods and proposes a conceptual framework of supply chain quality management.
The study utilized information from trends of U.S. food imports from China and subsequent recall events to highlight the inherent risks posed by global food supply chains. Problems arise when pursuit of profit is not held in check by regulatory forces.
The study argues that “adding on inspections and stricter regulations alone may be neither sustainable nor effective in the long run.” The authors suggest following a conceptual framework called the “6Ts” of supply chain quality management -- traceability, transparency, testability, time, trust, and training.
* Science Daily March 6, 2008