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Food safety is a major concern in the global market. The end consumer wants to know the source of that particular food they are about to take into their body. GS1 standards for fresh foods traceability help to ensure the safety and transparency of the supply chain from farm to fork.
Fresh foods traceability is the ability to track the forward movement and trace back the source/origin of fresh food products throughout the entire supply chain, from production to the end user.
Fresh Foods Traceability using GS1 standards involve the use of unique identification numbers such as GLNs, GTINs, SSCC, GRAI among others and data exchange protocols to track and trace products from their origin (such as farms, lake) through processing, distribution, and ultimately to the end consumer.
The goal is to enhance transparency, accountability, improve efficiency along the entire supply chain and enable quick and accurate responses in the event of product recalls or food safety issues. This gives the consumer confidence that whatever they take into their body is safe.
You can establish a comprehensive GS1 Fresh Foods Traceability system, enhance transparency, accountability, and the overall safety of fresh food products throughout the supply chain by following these simple steps. (Link)
GS1 has established standards for fresh foods traceability. These standards help in uniquely identifying products, accurately capturing relevant information, and facilitating communication between trading partners.
Implementing GS1 standards helps ensure accurate and efficient traceability of fresh foods throughout the supply chain. By using standardized identifiers, barcodes, and data exchange formats, companies can enhance visibility, reduce errors, and respond more effectively to issues such as recalls or product quality concerns.
Some key GS1 standards for fresh foods traceability include: (Link)
Food traceability brings about numerous benefits to the industry stakeholders by enhancing safety, transparency, visibility, accountability and efficiency throughout the entire food supply chain. It promotes trust among consumers, supports regulatory compliance, and helps businesses make informed decisions for better quality control and risk management. (Link)
SHAMBA ikoNET is a web-based platform that provides seamless visibility of products/commodities, as they move from a farmer to a consumer/buyer through a logistic partner.
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The main objective is to adopt the GS1 Standards for food traceability to address the challenges of supply chain invisibility and operational inefficiencies. There is an increased demand from consumers to know about the safety of what they eat, especially for fresh produce. Consumers want to understand the journey behind the fruits and vegetables, to know whether they are safe for consumption and cultivated in an ethical way. On the other hand, small-scale farmers have not been in a position to easily access the market and at the same time get value for their farm produce.
SHAMBA ikoNET is a traceability solution that provides the very key foundation needed for quality fresh food supply based upon proprietary identification methods among small-scale farmers. The platform is being run on GS1 standards that support end-to-end visibility from source to consumer, including the use of: