VeterinaryResearchCommunications,27Suppl.1(2003)497–505 ©2003KluwerAcademicPublishers.PrintedintheNetherlands V.M.Moretti*,G.M.Turchini,F.BellagambaandF.Caprino DepartmentofVeterinaryScienceandTechnologyforFoodSafety,ViaTrentacoste2, 20134Milano,Italy *Correspondence:DipartimentodiScienzeeTecnologieVeterinarieperlaSicurezza Alimentare,ViaTrentacoste2,20134Milano,Italia E-mail:email@example.com Keywords: authenticity,ﬁshproducts, seafood,traceability INTRODUCTION Nowadays availability and international trade of ﬁsh and seafood are strongly inﬂu- enced by food safety norms. Several European Directives have introduced safety standardsintothechainforﬁsheriesandaquacultureproductswiththeconcept‘from farmtofork’,usuallybasedontheCodexAlimentariusprovisions. A labelling regulation for ﬁshery and aquaculture products came into eﬀect in the European Union in 2001, requiring identiﬁcation of the oﬃcial commercial and scientiﬁcname,theoriginoftheﬁshanditsproductionmethod(farmedorwild).This regulationaimstoprovideconsumerswithaminimumofinformationoncharacteris- tics of such products and is enforced in Italy by Ministry of Agriculture Decree No.27.03.02onthelabellingofﬁshproducts. Inaddition,inRegulationNo.178/2002,whichlaysdownproceduresinthematter of food safety and establishment of the European Food Safety Authority, the Commission deﬁnes traceability as ‘the ability to trace and follow a food, feed, food- producing animal or substance intended to be or expected to be incorporated into a foodorfeed,throughallstagesofproduction,processinganddistribution’. As a consequence of these regulations, various labelling schemes from producers and distributors are now in place for ﬁsh products. These aim to promote resource sustainability, distinction of quality and product safety. Typically, such producer’s or distributor’s labels inform the consumer as to which aquaculture techniques have been used and which type of feed or raw materials have been used in the feed formulation. New interest in organic ﬁsh products or ‘natural’ ﬁsh products is also particularlyintenseinaquaculture,althoughcurrentschemestendtobecomplexand expensive and,
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