Update On Status Of Food Packaging Traceability From GS1

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Update On Status Of Food Packaging Traceability From GS1

Recently, a question and answer session between GS1 US VP of retail grocery and foodservice, Angela Fernandez, and Packaging Digest revealed answers regarding track-and-trace and improved safety in the packaged foods supply chain. Here is a quick overview of what we learned. GS1 US has launched a Retail Grocery Initiative as the result of a food industry that is fast evolving. This Initiative is meant to ultimately result in a collaboration of leaders from fresh foods, grocery, and consumer packaged goods who engage in industry meetings for the purpose of identifying challenges in the supply chain that impact the entire grocery industry. According to Fernandez, GS1 US is close to implementing the RGI so that potential solutions can be developed to meet the most pressing challenges. The three areas of focus determined by the industry for the retail grocery supply chain included operational efficiencies, increased visibility in the supply chain, and product information, including images. An increase in consumer demand for more detailed information regarding specific ingredients, whether it is organic or GMO-free, and other information, ultimately led to the need for standardized and expanded product attributes. GS1 intends to assist the industry in areas, including better identification, in an effort to capture the information consumers want and share it. Ultimately, GS1 US is focused on achieving traceability in the U.S. food industry throughout the entire chain, from the food's origin to the point of consumption. This will result in improved food safety, increased consumer confidence, efficient recalls, and potential revenue growth for all categories in food products. Markem-Imaje knows the importance of food safety, food packaging traceability, and increasing consumer demand for knowledge regarding the ingredients contained within their food. As trusted leaders in industrial printing equipment for coding and marking, we invite manufacturers to partner with our team for reliable, cost-effective solutions. Our specialties include laser and thermal transfer printing, inkjet printing, and more.

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