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Standards for Agriculture and Logistics
This white paper looks at the Communicating Reliable Information and Standards for Agriculture and Logistics (CRISTAL) initiative. CRISTAL started with the stated goal of establishing a communications framework for the European agrochemical industry, but the latest edition of the standards make it clear that CRISTAL can be applied to any agribusiness supply chain.
CRISTAL hopes to achieve complete supply chain visibility in order to allow easy electronic commerce, i.e. buying and selling agrochemicals and other agricultural products through internet-based stores. An added benefit, of course, is easier identification of counterfeit product, as well as increased traceability throughout the supply chain through serialization and aggregation.
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The CRISTAL standards represent much more than traceability for pesticides. These same standards can serve as a blueprint for implementing traceability throughout the agricultural supply chain. As crop science continues to make advances in technology, particularly on the genetic level, the need for greater transparency of the supply chain becomes more important.
A growing consumer anxiety centred around so-called Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has resulted in EU regulations that limit the allowable presence of GMOs without declaration to a mere 0.9%, making the identification of GMOs in the food/feed supply chain more important – not only does it help to prevent cross-contamination, it helps to find the source of cross-contamination when it happens.