New version of TraceCore XML for standardised exchange of information

After reviewing and considering comments and suggestions from various stakeholders, the EU project TRACE has launched a new version of the free TraceCore XML, which is based on the eXtensible Markup Language (XML).

TraceCore XML is a standard way of electronically exchanging traceability information common to all products in the food industry. This includes data on identifying numbers, on origin, on methods and dates of processing, transport and reception, on joining and splitting of units, and more.

The new version made available is called RC 1 (Release Candidate 1) and the design of the TraceCore XML version 2.0 is almost complete. In order to allow all stakeholders now to test, verify and comment on a stable schema, no changes will be made during a six month period, and the schema will remain frozen until September 15th 2007. Subsequently, adjustments will be undertaken, if analysis of the XML standard has revealed that modification is needed. An XML schema describes the structure and defines the legal building blocks of an XML document.