GS1 announces Global Product Recall Standard

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 19th June 2012

GS1, the not-for-profit organisation that designs and manages the global barcode and logistics system for supply chain standards, last week announced the agreement of a new global product recall standard, along with an implementation guide for multi-jurisdictional recall notifications.

This new standard will provide a common-sense blueprint enabling all supply-chain stakeholders to implement more effective product recall processes and notifications. The standard defines and standardises the vital information to be shared among trading parties and regulators during a product recall alerting process.

The 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 that are widely used in most supply chains around the world. It is incorporated into country-specific, GS1-standards based recall platforms, such as Rapid Recall Exchange in the U.S., Recallnet in Australia and the Product Recall programme in Canada.

As global food trade increases, food safety is becoming a critical public health issue. 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.

Procter & Gamble’s Market Logistics Leader, Daniel Triot, said, “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 we all know and use today, product recall will become a function that is embedded into all our global supply chains.”

Close to three years of industry-driven work has led to a standard, which 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.

As Australian Food News recently reported, GS1 is currently seeking more registrations for ProductRecallnz,  a New Zealand-specific recall platform.