Resources leverage GS1 standards to provide procedures for increasing supply chain visibility and traceability of certain foodstuffs as required by the final rule
ewing, new jersey, March 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — GS1 US® has issued new guidelines to help the food industry leverage the GS1 standards to meet the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) food traceability final rule. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
document”Applying the GS1 System of Standards to Support FSMA 204was developed by industry members of the GS1 US Foodservice and Retail Grocery Working Groups to support additional traceability requirements by providing product and location identification, structured product descriptions, and industry-defined common event defines best practices for recording The final rule requires companies that physically handle certain foods on the FDA Food Traceability List to keep additional records to aid in tracing back during investigations of outbreaks of foodborne illness. The guidance document highlights how the voluntary GS1 standards can help prepare systems and business processes to meet the requirements. January 2026 compliance deadline.
“Through collaboration with many stakeholders, technology providers and associations, the industry now has guidance to help scale its investment in the GS1 standard and support the data requirements of this new final rule.” Angela Fernandez, Vice President of Community Engagement, GS1 US. “These guidelines will help all businesses working with food maximize their supply chain visibility and ultimately advance their food safety practices.”
Previously, the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (Bioterrorism Act) required “one-up/one-down” visibility of product movement through the supply chain. According to the final rule, a supply chain partner must keep more detailed records of Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) and Key Data Elements (KDEs) for a specific list of food products for two years. In the event of a recall, he must also transfer the data of these records within 24 hours to expedite the recall and to limit food poisoning. This document provides guidance on how the GS1 standard can help bring structure to the data collected and enable interoperability between systems. This makes the data meaningful to trading partners and can be shared between systems as needed.
For more information and to download the guidelines, please visit www.gs1us.org/foodsafety.
About GS1 US
GS1 US®, a member of GS1 Global, fosters industry collaboration to improve supply chain visibility and efficiency using GS1 standards, the world’s most widely used supply chain standards system. is a non-profit information standards organization that Nearly 300,000 companies in 25 industries rely on GS1 US to collaborate with trading partners to optimize supply chains, drive cost effectiveness and revenue growth while enabling regulatory compliance. These advantages are achieved through solutions based on GS1 Global Unique Numbering and Identification System, Barcode, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-based his RFID, Data Synchronization and Electronic Information Interchange. GS1 US also maintains the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®).
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