Barcode Traceability and Your Food

food traceabilityWhen you stroll through the aisles of the grocery store, countless thoughts run through your head. Is this food safe? Has it expired? Does it have what the package says it has? Was it produced in a facility that may contain peanuts? In order to provide these questions, and many others, with answers, traceability is key.

While some form of traceability is already required in certain areas of the US, Canada, the European Union and select countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa, more and more industries are actually implementing their own traceability programs to ensure the safety of their products, making traceability a crucial aspect in the supply chain.

However, in order to successfully implement traceability standards, it is important that they are built upon global standards. This is achieved through the GS1 Global Traceability Standard, which makes such traceability systems possible on a global scale.

The ability to answer questions at the grocery store lies within the traceability applications and systems of each organization. Food traceability systems need to be aware of everything that happens from the farm to the table. Aside from the obvious questions, food traceability systems make it possible to perform product recalls. However, the system also promotes quality assurance and accurate inventory control, minimizing such recalls from ever occurring.

In addition, traceability standards are an ideal way to verify religious beliefs and or lifestyle choices. Aside from being kosher, organic or eco-friendly, there’s also the issue of vegetarians and vegans. Traceability standards can ensure that products do not in fact contain animal products, reassuring consumers that the products meet their expectations.

Aside from food, traceability standards affect an array of different industries. To learn more about traceability standards and how they affect other industries, download the brochure here.