Post Topics, and what is the Topic feature used for?

- INTRODUCTION: The topic is a classification that assigns each post a topic pre-defined by Industry. This classification reflects the system search, as it is also a way to filter the posts by the assigned topics. - LIST OF TOPICS in Digicomply

The Topics are used in feeds and searches to filter the posts within a pre-defined list of values. (These values may change over time but the general approach is to maintain within a limited number.)

Each Industry has different entries. The logic is based on the classification of the documents.

The topic is an arbitrary classification given by SGS Digicomply to the posts in the database. Meaning out of millions of documents that Digicomply is digesting, their posts will be sorted by topic and product classification in the system (on the right side of each post in the system). Examples:


As you see in the example, the combination of parameters is possible, and you will see these labels also in your search results, which will help you to understand better the next searches and encourage you to rely more on this feature.


  • At the current time the following topics are used: 

List of Topics for Food and Feed 



Alerts and recalls

Official alert system for non-compliant food or feed products and recalls when relevant

Policies and Laws

Any content that is related to the legislative process, starting from news (or potentially scientific content) that could lead to future regulations, to consultations and drafts of new regulations up to actual regulations.


Any type of standards, either national or international. It may include text of standards, news related to the creation/update/deprecation of standards, Commodity Standards/Standards of Identity, etc.

Animals & Animal Feed

All the posts that are relevant to the animals (both livestock and pets) and feed industry (including ingredients, animal by-products, additives, feed hygiene, marketing, contaminants, veterinary drugs, etc.) and the animal welfare, including diseases, breeding, identification and traceability.

Contaminants, residues and contact materials

All types of contaminants and residues in foods and feeds (e.g. mycotoxins, chemical contaminants, pesticides, veterinary drugs, undesirable substances, etc.), excluding microbiological criteria.

And all type of contamination that could arise from food contact materials in general, along with inner packaging requirements, manufacturing standards. Substances that are not intentionally added to foods that may become part of foods due to packaging, storage or processing.

Additives, nutrition and organic food

Any content related to food additives, enzymes and processing aids, flavourings, or related to nutrition science and health related matters, or organic products.

Food Safety and Security

Food safety related matters and risk assessment, including quality control processes and procedures, hygiene and microbiological related (includes microbiological criteria), food security and food wastes, along with Life cycle Assessment (LCA).


Information to be displayed on the primary and secondary packaging (e.g. List of Ingredients, allergens, GMO labelling, organic labelling, nutrition facts labelling, ethical labelling - fair trade, vegetarian...)

Trade, market and official controls

Import and export rules (including trade policies, agreements, taxes, TNT and SPS, etc.) of all food and feed articles, live animals, seeds and plants and the official controls and inspections from local authorities for their enforcement.

The topic covers also market intelligence reports, distant selling, and trade statistics.

Methods and Manufacturing

This topic collects content relevant to manufacturing plants, testing methods (e.g. to detect residues, microbiological contamination, nutritional composition, etc.) and new technologies (e.g. GMOs, nanotechnologies, novel food, etc.).


Anything that has to do with the environment, waste, pollution, recycling, energy efficiency, water, climate impact, welfare, etc.

In the food context, this frequently means mainly: packaging.