GS1 Releases Implementation Guide for Traceability of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables GS1 Releases Implementation Guide for Traceability of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
 
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GS1 Releases Implementation Guide
for Traceability of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Toronto, Ontario – August 19, 2009 – GS1 Canada is pleased to announce that the global GS1 organization, in collaboration with the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), has released an implementation guide for the traceability of fresh fruits and vegetables, based on the GS1 Global Traceability Standard. The Traceability for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Implementation Guide serves as a blueprint that enables all stakeholders in the fresh produce supply chain to implement traceability practices using the GS1 System of Standards and, in particular, the GS1 Global Traceability Standard.

“The IFPS is very appreciative of the work of both GS1 and industry members in this effort to create a Guide that facilitates a common approach to produce traceability, regardless of where produce is shipped from or received,” commented Jane Proctor, IFPS Chair 2006-2009, and Vice President, Policy & Issue Management, Canadian Produce Marketing Association.  “Adoption of global standards is crucial for the produce industry, and the creation of the Guide is another step towards integration of GS1 standards into the global produce supply chain.”

The Traceability for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Implementation Guide identifies the key principles of traceability and demonstrates how to implement them. Sections are dedicated to the distinct needs of each segment of the produce supply chain including growers, packer/re-packers, distributor/traders, foodservice operators and retail stores.

The Guide supports work already underway in Canada and across North America to develop and implement whole-chain supply chain traceability standards for the agriculture and agri-food sector. This includes Can-Trace, a Canadian industry-government collaboration for which GS1 Canada is the Secretariat, which resulted in the development of traceability standards for all food products sold in Canada.  The Guide is also a critical resource for businesses engaged in the Produce Traceability Initiative, the North American produce industry strategy to implement supply chain-wide adoption of electronic traceability for every case of produce by the year 2012.

“GS1 is making it easier for the produce industry to understand and capitalize on the benefits of supply chain traceability,” noted Mr. Doug Grant, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, The Oppenheimer Group and GS1 Canada Foodservice Sector Board member. “This Guide provides a straightforward explanation of how to apply GS1 standards to enable the sector’s specific requirements for traceability.  It is a valuable resource for Canadian produce organizations of all size that are seeking to enhance their competitiveness by improving their capacity to track and trace product.”

The Traceability for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Implementation Guide is available through various produce and GS1 organizations.

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