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BORRAS, Miguel Angel Aires  and  TOLEDO, José Carlos de. Quality coordination: a proposal of structure and method for agri-food production. Prod. [online]. 2007, vol.17, n.3, pp.471-485. ISSN 0103-6513.

Today's reality prevents companies in general from planning or acting alone, requiring that they engage in coordinated action with others in the same production chain. For this reason, production chain coordination to improve product quality and reduction of production wastes and transactions costs is becoming a widespread practice to promote integrated management of companies that share the goal of adding value to the chain's final product. This paper discusses the problem of quality in agri-food supply chains (ASC). Based on wide bibliography review, a structure (ECQ) and a method (MCQ) are proposed for the quality coordination in ASC. In some chains the ECQ/MCQ implementation has been studied and used as a possible and liable technical alternative to coordinate and assure the final product quality.

Keywords : Quality coordination; safety product; agri-food supply chain; quality management.

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