SOURCE: GS1 US

GS1 US

October 17, 2013 10:00 ET

New Traceability Implementation Guideline Issued for Dairy, Deli, & Bakery Industries

Guideline Developed in Collaboration With Food Industry to Offer Best Practices for Improving Traceability and Food Safety

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ--(Marketwired - October 17, 2013) - A new implementation guideline for leveraging GS1 global standards for traceability business processes in the dairy, deli, and bakery supply chain was released today by the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, and GS1 US. The Traceability for Dairy, Deli, & Bakery US Implementation Guideline is available at www.gs1us.org/DDBTraceabilityGuide.

The guide was developed with input from industry stakeholders to provide best practice recommendations to help dairy, deli, and bakery manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, foodservice operators, and service providers improve product traceability processes by leveraging GS1 Standards.

"Companies that implement the guidelines can establish an effective traceability program by identifying, capturing, and sharing product data along the supply chain leveraging GS1 Standards," said Angela Fernandez, vice president, grocery retail and consumer packaged goods at GS1 US. "By utilizing GS1 Standards for external product traceability, the entire industry will see improvements in supply chain visibility, business efficiency and food safety."

The guidelines apply to all types of dairy, deli, and bakery products, demonstrating precise "how to" instructions for product identification, use of batch/lots numbers, barcodes and other standards needed for traceability processes. It also includes a section on recalls with steps supply chain participants can follow should a product withdrawal or recall occur.

Additionally, to support the industry in implementing the traceability guidelines, GS1 US has developed the GS1 US Dairy, Deli, & Bakery Traceability Readiness Program that includes educational webinars, interactive tools and resources, and a community of industry peers and standards experts with whom industry professionals can share industry best practices and discuss implementation challenges.

For more information about the Traceability for Dairy, Deli, & Bakery Guideline, visit www.gs1us.org/DDBTraceabilityGuide and to learn about the GS1 US Dairy, Deli, & Bakery Traceability Readiness Program, visit www.gs1us.org/DDBreadiness.

About IDDBA

IDDBA is a nonprofit membership organization serving the dairy, deli, bakery, cheese, and supermarket foodservice industries. Member companies enjoy many benefits and services including the annual seminar and expo, leading-edge research, training programs, management tools, and an annual trends report. For more information, contact IDDBA at 608.310.5000 or visit our Web site, www.iddba.org.

About IDFA

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 200 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. In addition, 335 Gold Business Partner and Business Partner member companies provide processing equipment and supplies, packaging equipment and materials, ingredients and a wide variety of products and services to the dairy processing industry. Nearly 15 state and regional trade associations are also members of IDFA.

About GS1 US™
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. Nearly 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. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, bar codes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC).

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