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GS1 US has introduced two new readiness programs to help companies in the food industry implement and improve product traceability processes by leveraging GS1 Standards: the Seafood Traceability Readiness Program and Dairy, Deli, Bakery Traceability Readiness Program.
The programs were designed to educate participants on how to establish or enhance an effective traceability program; identify, capture and share product data along the supply chain with GS1 Standards; improve business efficiencies; and gain visibility into their supply chains. They also cover how they can comply with traceability-related requirements of the Bioterrorism Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act, and make informed decisions about technology requirements and solution providers.
“Companies in the seafood and dairy, deli, and bakery industries are working hard to improve traceability processes,” said Angela Fernandez, VP, grocery retail and consumer packaged goods at GS1 US. “A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths occur annually in the United States as a result of foodborne illness. These readiness programs provide the education, resources, and community support necessary to implement traceability processes that help companies meet customer expectations for safe, authentic, nutritious foods and differentiate their brand in the marketplace.”
Subscribers in these self-paced, online programs will have access to educational webinars, interactive tools and resources, and a community of industry peers and standards experts with whom they can share industry best practices and discuss implementation challenges.
Many trading partners in the fresh food supply chain are already using GS1 Standards, giving them a head start in establishing traceability processes. The Seafood and Dairy, Deli, Bakery Traceability Readiness Programs are designed to help companies leverage these investments, allowing for product sustainability and integrity, and the rapid identification, location and withdrawal of potentially harmful products from stores and restaurants.
According to GS1, benefits to companies that implement an effective traceability process include:
- Streamlined business processes
- Improved food safety
- Enhanced supply chain visibility
- Meeting regulatory requirements
- Reduced costs
- Increased consumer confidence
- Stronger trading partner relationships
GS1 US, a member of GS1, is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. More than 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes.