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The quality and safety through organic foods supply chain in Bulgaria


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Lubomirova, Miglena; Vassileva, Elka; Ivanova, Daniela and Mishev, Plamen (2006) The quality and safety through organic foods supply chain in Bulgaria. In: Proceeding of 22nd National Congress of Commodity Science, National Association of Commodity Science in Italy, Rome, Italy.

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The organic food market in Bulgaria is newly emerging and is comparatively small. The share of realized Bulgarian organic produce in the country is below 5 %. The purpose of this article is to determine the effect of the structure, management and functioning of food supply chain upon the quality and safety of organic food regarding consumer demand. The scientific research was based on Delphi’s enquiry method and 26 Bulgarian experts were interviewed.
The results show that the nature and character of organic food production is one of the most secure and sustainable agricultural productions, which determines the high quality and safety of the final produce. According to experts, food safety in addition to taste and nutritional value is the most important quality criteria for organic products.
The main objectives of the current GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point systems) are to ensure product safety and compliance with the visual size and labelling specifications and to maintain traceability. However, they are thought to be less well developed and implemented in organic food supply chains, and are almost never used in short local (e.g. direct sales or farm shop) supply chains and regional (e.g. farmers market) supply chains, that are popular in Bulgaria.
The systems of quality assurance and management (ISO 9000, etc.) may be successfully adopted for organic foods as well by adapting them to their production and processing specifics and to the characteristics of the chain of supply.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic Foods; Quality; Safety; Supply chain; Bulgaria
Agrovoc keywords:
EnglishOrganic foodshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_29261
Englishchain of supply UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Bulgaria
Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions
Research affiliation: Bulgaria
Bulgaria > University of National and World Economy, Sofia
Deposited By: Vasileva, Elka
ID Code:25655
Deposited On:27 Apr 2014 07:01
Last Modified:27 Apr 2014 07:01
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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