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GS1 Workshop Outcomes, November 2013

Thirty-five delegates representing retailers, grower-packers, wholesalers and service providers attended the recent PMA A-NZ/GS1 DataBar Workshop in Sydney on the 25th November 2013.

Titled “Moving forward with Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) and GS1 DataBar”, the purpose of the Workshop was to develop a roadmap for the implementation of a more effective product identification and traceability system for fresh produce sold as loose or in bulk (i.e. unpackaged).

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REGISTER NOW: GS1 Workshop – 25 November 2013, Sydney Markets

PMA A-NZ will be co-hosting this workshop with GS1 Australia, with the objective of furthering the adoption of GTIN and GS1 Databar in Australia. This is a must-attend event for retailers, suppliers and supply chain companies.

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Were you spotted at the Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections, 2013?

Fresh Produce Safety Australia and New Zealand (FPS A&NZ) were proud to join several key organisations to  host the first-ever Food Safety Hub, at PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show in Sydney last week. The Food Safety Hub was a one-stop-shop providing information for delegates wanting to know more about food safety for fresh produce. Were you spotted at the Food Safety Hub?

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With thanks to PMA Fresh Connections for providing us with these images.

FPS A&NZ wishes to thank the following key organisations for their participation in the Food Safety Hub:

  • AUSQUAL Pty Ltd. – A certification body accredited by JAS-ANZ, providing quality management and food safety (HACCP) management systems.
  • Freshcare – Australia’s on farm assurance program offering training, implementation, certification and support programs.
  • GS1 Australia – Administers the global GS1 System of supply chain standards in Australia across 22 industry sectors, including the launch of the new GS1 GoScan iPhone App providing consumers with authorised and trusted food product information, and the new GS1DataBar to improve management of fresh foods.
  • BSI incorporating NCSI – Offering businesses certification, risk management, business improvement and assurance.
  • SAI Global – Providing information services and solutions for managing risk, achieving compliance and driving business improvement.
  • SGS Australia – A global company, provide industry leading inspection, verification, testing and certification services.
  • TQA Australia –Key management consultants to agribusiness in Australia, providing advice in a range of disciplines including food safety and quality assurance, environmental assurance, occupational health and safety, strategic planning and professional development.

Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections, 2013

Fresh Produce Safety Australia and New Zealand (FPS A&NZ) are proud to be hosting the first Food Safety Hub along with several key organisations, at PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show in Sydney this year. The Food Safety Hub will be one-stop-shop providing information for delegates wanting to know more about food safety for fresh produce.

“The Food Safety Hub aims to raise awareness of food safety and traceability among all stakeholders of the Australian and New Zealand fresh produce industry.” said Michael Worthington, CEO PMA A-NZ.

He went on to say ” This collaborative effort demonstrates a commitment to food safety and highlights how important food safety and traceability are for all businesses in the fresh produce supply chain”.

FPS A&NZ are excited to announce that along with FPS A&NZ representatives, several key organisations will be contributing to the success of the Food Safety Hub including:

  • AUSQUAL Pty Ltd. – A certification body accredited by JAS-ANZ, providing quality management and food safety (HACCP) management systems.
  • Freshcare – Australia’s on farm assurance program offering training, implementation, certification and support programs.
  • GS1 Australia – Administers the global GS1 System of supply chain standards in Australia across 22 industry sectors, including the launch of the new GS1 GoScan iPhone App providing consumers with authorised and trusted food product information, and the new GS1DataBar to improve management of fresh foods.
  • NCS International – Offering businesses certification, risk management, business improvement and assurance.
  • SAI Global – Providing information services and solutions for managing risk, achieving compliance and driving business improvement.
  • SGS Australia – A global company, provide industry leading inspection, verification, testing and certification services.
  • TQA Australia –Key management consultants to agribusiness in Australia, providing advice in a range of disciplines including food safety and quality assurance, environmental assurance, occupational health and safety, strategic planning and professional development.

FPS A&NZ will provide you with:

  • access to research in fresh produce safety,
  • allow you to identify food safety research priorities and
  • updates on the aims of the initiative of a collaborative paradigm to fresh produce safety.

“Fresh produce safety and traceability applies to all aspects of the supply chain in the fruit and vegetable industry, including growers, packers, processors, wholesalers, fresh produce retailers and distributors, ” said Robyn McConchie, University of Sydney, all of which have a responsibility to supply consumers with food that is healthy and safe.”

Traceability set to improve with the GS1 DataBar

GS1 have launched the new GS1 DataBar, to be implemented globally from January 2014.

This in an important development and will impact retailers both locally and internationally.

The GS1 DataBar is a family of seven barcodes, four of which can be read by omnidirectional scanners at Point-of-Sale. The smaller size will provide several advantages to anyone working in the supply chain and specifically for the fresh produce industry, allowing products that have not been previously barcoded to be quickly and accurately scanned at Point-of-Sale. The benefits of the new GS1 DataBar include:

•              Improved Traceability – with more information input into the barcodes

•              Enhanced and wider category management

•              Product authentication

•              Global variable measure product identification

•              Increased shrink control through more effective markdown management

As an example, the GS1 DataBar provides for the automated markdown of products approaching expiry date. This saves time and resources in manual markdown and gives retailers the scope to improve product rotation and eliminate non-sales from expired products.

This will increase the level of confidence in the safety of fresh produce and aligns with goals of the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI).

Furthermore, the long-anticipated report produced for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) (report), was recently released and fits also with the PTI and the developments GS1 are making for traceability of fresh Produce. The recommendations in the IFT report including: encouraging current industry-led initiatives, not excluding commodities; accepting electronic traceability data/records during product tracing investigations; and requiring all organizations that handle food in the supply chain to identify and maintain records of traceability related information.

It is recommended that anyone working in the supply chain, no matter what size, understand the GS1 DataBar.

For more information on the GS1 DataBar, download the brochure.