Work on the second pilot of GS1 Recallnet, developed by industry representatives in collaboration with GS1 Australia will begin next month before a market-ready version of the product recall and withdrawal portal is launched mid-year.
The second, whole-of-industry pilot of GS1 Recallnet is designed to test the enhancements that have been incorporated into the GS1 Recallnet service following the feedback and comments received from participants during the first pilot performed late last year.
The pilot group includes representatives from Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Coles Supermarkets, Woolworths, Metcash and a number of leading Australian food manufacturers such as Nestle, George Weston Foods, Mars, PepsiCo, Spring Gully Foods, Kraft, Fonterra and Unilever.
These industry participants in collaboration with GS1 Australia have developed GS1 Recallnet to increase the speed and accuracy of food recalls and withdrawals in Australia. The new service is designed to address the lack of standardisation in current recall processes while complementing existing business practices.
The online service will enable manufacturers and suppliers to share real-time product recall and withdrawal notifications with their retail trading partners in a secure and direct manner.
What GS1 Recallnet offers businesses:
- A single, automated, industry-based recall and withdrawal notification process supported by all major retailers and the FSANZ
- Ability to target notifications to selected companies with tailored information
- Two-way communication allows suppliers and customers to report progress
- A highly secure system that ensures only approved notifications are issued
- Clear handling, disposal and reimbursement instructions to speed the recall process
- Ability to extend recalls and withdrawals and navigated between related notifications
- Support for multimedia files to the recall notification
- Lower risks and costs in the execution of recalls and brand protection
GS1 Australia and the Australian Food and Grocery Council have called on businesses in the food and grocery sector to register their contact details with GS1 Australia to be kept informed on the progress with the service.
GS1 Australia is also working with the healthcare sector stakeholders to develop a separate GS1 Recallnet portal with the launch expected early 2012.