Traceability in the food production industry refers to the ability to track any food through all stages of production, processing and distribution. This includes tracking across the importation and retail steps of the production chain. This is achieved by having documented recorded information. At any point of the supply chain it should be easy for a business to trace contamination either one step backwards or forwards and thus possible to continue this process until the end of the chain. This element of traceability is crucial not just in finding the source of any problem but creating strategies to minimise the risk and fallout from any breach in standards.