Risk Management System

IFST framework theme

Transparency, traceability and trust


Increase industry knowledge in, and provide guidance for, the use of emerging traceability and transparency technologies in food supply chains

Further information

  • A large proportion of risks originate upstream in the food chain and outside of the immediate control of individual food processors and manufacturers.
  • Current approaches to risk management support a short term reactive approach at an individual business level; risks beyond the immediate manufacturing environment are often considered only on a one-up and one-down (the chain) basis, with sharing of minimal technical information.
  • This leaves the food system vulnerable to fraud and food safety breakdowns, with increasing costs that add no value to consumer risk prevention.
  • Existing and new technologies offer opportunities for improved data handling and analysis, with more supply chain actors able to access relevant information in a secure yet transparent way.
  • ISFT want to facilitate and promote approaches to food risk management that would provide evidence-based information, accessible to all contributors in the food supply chain, to deliver safe and authentic food to consumers in a cost-effective way, and provide solutions that benefit industry, consumers and regulators.

Current activities

Food systems risk management project 

Project aims

  • Highlighting how the food industry can best leverage existing and new technological opportunities for improved information and data handling and analysis, driving an efficient and risk managed supply chain
  • To consider how SME’s and micro businesses can access the tools and information available to effectively manage their risks

Project team

  • Alex Guest – Dalziel
  • Chris Grimes – SALSA Food
  • Derek Croucher – Morning Foods
  • Gill Palmer – Palmer & Randal Ltd
  • Helen Munday – FDF
  • John Graydon – Siemens
  • Louis Manning – Harper Adams University
  • Peter Wareing – P.Wareing Food Safety Ltd
  • Rachel Ward – r.ward consultancy ltd
  • Seema Patel 

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