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GS1 announces new global product recall standard

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GS1 Australia  announces the ratification of a new global product recall standard, along with an implementation guide for multi-jurisdictional recall notifications. The new global standard will reduce risk of harm and make product recall more effective.

GS1 is a not-for-profit organisation that designs and manages a global system of supply chain standards.

Improving product and consumer safety in the global supply chain is becoming more critical with the rising global food trade increasingly impacting public health. According to a 2010 report from the United States Centre for Disease Control (USCDC), there are 48 million cases of food borne illnesses each year in the US with 150,000 hospitalisations and 3,000 deaths.

A spokesperson for Australian retailer Woolworths explains that effective product recall is complex, multi-jurisdictional and typically involves multiple stakeholders in extended supply chains. Having a standardised process globally will enable retailers to run more timely and targeted recalls, ultimately benefiting consumer safety.

Serving as a common-sense blueprint enabling all supply chain stakeholders to implement more effective product recall processes and notifications, the new standard defines, standardises and harmonises the critical attributes to be captured and shared among trading parties and regulators during a product recall alerting and messaging process.

Part of GS1’s solution for product and consumer safety, the new global product recall standard complements and extends the existing GS1 Traceability Standard that provides companies with a well-defined traceability process to meet regulatory requirements, building upon existing GS1 standards widely used in most supply chains around the world.

The standard is also incorporated into country-specific GS1-standards based recall platforms, such as Rapid Recall Exchange in the US, Recallnet in Australia and the Product Recall programme in Canada.

According to Procter & Gamble, Market Logistics Leader Daniel Triot, the GS1 Product Recall Standard will enable manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to work more closely together. By leveraging a system of global supply chain standards that are already in use, product recall will become embedded into all global supply chains with critical mass adoption and interoperability of the notification tools accelerating the implementation of the standard.

Based on three years of industry-driven work, the GS1 Product Recall Standard identifies the key principles of traceability and demonstrates how to apply them for effective product recall. An implementation guide accompanies the recall standard and is dedicated to multi-jurisdictional requirements as a product recall alert is issued and executed.

Miguel Lopera, President and CEO of GS1 comments that the product recall standard facilitated by GS1 responds to real industry needs and will enable companies to build efficient and safer supply chains.

The GS1 Product Recall Standard is applicable to companies in all industries using GS1 standards, and can be used by companies of all sizes.

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