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GS1 Canada Commends the Government of Canada for Making Consumer Protection a Key Priority in Speech from the Throne

TORONTO, Ontario, October 16, 2007 – GS1 Canada, a member organization of GS1, the world’s leading supply chain standards organization, strongly supports the direction in the Speech from the Throne, by the Government of Canada, to make the protection of food and consumer safety a core priority in the next federal legislative session.  

“GS1 Canada applauds the Harper government for its commitment to enhancing mechanisms designed to ensure the continued protection of Canadians from adverse health effects related to food and consumer products,” commented N. Arthur Smith, CEO, GS1 Canada.  “GS1 Canada has long been a passionate advocate of strengthening consumer safety and looks forward to working with the Government of Canada on the advancement of this critical safety issue.” 

As Canada’s leading supply chain standards organization, GS1 Canada has worked in partnership with governments, government agencies, industry groups, non-government organizations, and the general public to help strengthen consumer safety throughout the supply chain. Its role involves working with all industry sectors – including healthcare, retail and the food industry – to promote and educate organizations about product safety through the adoption of globally-recognized, uniform standards. 

An important achievement for GS1 Canada was its leadership in establishing and providing ongoing secretariat support for Can-Trace, an unprecedented national collaboration in the food industry involving 23 national food supply chain organizations and government agencies whose goal was to develop traceability standards for all food products sold in Canada.  Can-Trace was developed based on a fully transferable model, allowing GS1 Canada to leverage the initiative’s key learnings within the healthcare sector.
“Whether it is adverse medical effects, lead in children’s toys, or food scares, it is critically important that there are uniform, automated standards in Canada by which products can be traced quickly and efficiently.  However, for real protection, these standards must be truly global, best practice standards; country-specific codes are insufficient, as products regularly cross multiple borders before reaching their final destination,” added Smith.  “We look forward to collaborating with the Harper government as it continues to find ways to ensure that Canadians and, most importantly,our children are better protected.”


About GS1 Canada
GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods, locations and related e-commerce communication. As a member organization of GS1, the leading supply chain standards organization in the world, GS1 Canada is the only authorized source for globally unique Company Prefix Licences in Canada, a standard term and condition of trade globally that enable organizations to create reliable, industry-compliant bar codes. GS1 Canada also provides a range of educational opportunities and business solutions, such as ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, and ECCnet Image & Validation (ECCnet I&V) services, which offer one-stop access to product images and dimensional data. In addition, GS1 Canada offers standards management for collaborative commerce, including bar codes, Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) and Electronic Product Code™/Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID), and continues to drive the e-commerce revolution by providing the leadership to help ensure that Canadian companies participate competitively. For more information, visit

About GS1 Healthcare Canada
GS1 Healthcare Canada, a GS1 Canada initiative, works towards advancing the development of global standards to enable a safe, sustainable and efficient healthcare system in Canada. GS1 Healthcare Canada is instrumental in improving patient safety and the efficiency of the healthcare supply chain for pharmaceuticals and medical devices through the collaborative development and endorsement of voluntary GS1 standards and best practices including bar coding and Electronic Product Code™/Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID). GS1 standards support a secure and efficient supply chain by: reducing the chance of human error; increasing the ability to track specific healthcare products for more targeted product recalls; ensuring product authenticity; reducing supply chain costs; enabling the automatic product identification at all product levels and providing full traceability. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact:
Noreen Awan
GS1 Canada
416-510-8039 ext. 2125