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Maria Palazzolo - GS1 Australia - Focus on traceability – regulation and consumer demand


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Maria Palazzolo, CEO, GS1 delivered this presentation at the Food Regulations and Labelling Standards Conference. …

Maria Palazzolo, CEO, GS1 delivered this presentation at the Food Regulations and Labelling Standards Conference.

Informa's annual Food Regulations and Labelling Standards Conference is now in its 15th year and continually provides a platform to discuss the ongoing issues in food policy

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  • 1. Focus on Traceability Maria Palazzolo Chief Executive Officer GS1 Australia
  • 2. The GS1 Global Traceability Conformance Programme (GTC) Objective • Support the implementation of traceability best practices across the supply chain using a single GS1 Global standard How • • • On site traceability assessments (review traceability systems in place) By trained and accredited auditors Based on the standard GTC checklist and GTS For whom • © 2011 GS1 Any trading partner that handles goods : a) to identify gaps at the beginning of a traceability implementation project b) To check a traceability system already in place and benchmark with global best practices 2
  • 3. Who is GS1?
  • 4. GS1~ Bringing companies together • GS1 is a global not-for-profit organisation comprising 111 national member organisations servicing 150 countries and 2 million companies across 24 industry sectors. • The GS1 System of supply chain standards is the most widely used in the world. Everyday over 5 billion barcodes are scanned over the planet. • GS1 Australia supports over 16,800 member companies across 21 industry verticals on a user pays, cost recovery basis. • GS1 Australia enables standards implementation through a range of industry driven services like, GS1net/NPC, GS1 Recallnet, GS1 Locatenet, GS1 GoScan and many others © 2011 GS1 4
  • 5. GS1 all over the world Countries with a GS1 Member Organisation Countries served on a direct basis from GS1 Global Office (Brussels) © 2011 GS1 111 Member Organisations. 154 countries served. 2,000 people helping us. 5
  • 6. GS1 Australia’s role The implementation of the GS1 System by Australian industry for the benefit of all users. Our role is to: • develop global, open, multi-sector standards • provide training, education and support services on supply chain management • promote and help implement the GS1 System to facilitate best business solutions • enable consumers, industry and regulators to build traceability solutions across multiple and varied supply chains © 2011 GS1 6
  • 7. GS1: A global system of standards Global Traceability Standard (GTS) (Process) Global Recall Standard (messaging) Checklist of the Global Traceability Programme (control points and compliance criteria) © 2011 GS1 7
  • 8. What’s all the Fuss about Food Safety?
  • 9. Food can make people sick © 2011 GS1 9 9
  • 10. Regulatory Requirements for Traceability
  • 11. Legislative challenges EU Regulation 1169/2011 […]Article 9 In accordance with Articles 10 to 35 and subject to the exceptions contained in this Chapter, indication of the following particulars shall be mandatory: (a) the name of the food; (b) the list of ingredients;(c) any ingredient or processing aid listed in Annex II or derived from a substance or product listed in Annex II causing allergies or intolerances used in the manufacture or preparation of a food and still present in the finished product, even if in an altered form;(d) the quantity of certain ingredients or categories of ingredients;(e) the net quantity of the food; […]. EU Directive 2009/48 […]Article 7 (4) Distributors who consider or have reason to believe that a toy which they have made available on the market is not in conformity with the relevant Community harmonisation legislation shall make sure that the corrective measures necessary to bring that toy into conformity, to withdraw it or recall it, if appropriate, are taken. […]. © 2011 GS1 11
  • 12. Europe – Regulation EC/178/2002 • The identification of the origin of feed and food ingredients and food sources is of prime importance for the protection of consumers • Traceability facilitates the withdrawal of foods and enables consumers to be provided with targeted and accurate information • Regulation EC/178/2002 defines traceability as the ability to trace and follow food, feed, and ingredients through all stages of production, processing and distribution • “One up – one down” is the minimum requirement, but this must include batch control © 2011 GS1 12
  • 13. Europe – Regulation EC/178/2002 • The Regulation covers all food and feed, all food and feed business operators, including importers • Records to be kept for at least five years • Records available on request to compliance officers, regardless of where they are stored • Ownership of goods is irrelevant – 3PL’s also required to have full traceability • CEO of a “retail multiple” is responsible for traceability through stores and distribution centres © 2011 GS1 13
  • 14. US Law–Food Safety Modernization Act • • • Signed in January 2011 Every year 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) suffers a foodborne illness resulting in thousands of deaths Four sections • • Prevention Inspection, Compliance & Response – Expanded records – Enhanced product tracing • • • © 2011 GS1 Imported Food Safety Enhanced Partnerships 50 rules and regulations to be added or modified over next 12 - 24 months 14 14
  • 15. US Law–Food Safety Modernization Act • • • • © 2011 GS1 Administered by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Can impose mandatory recalls if the company refuses a voluntary recall FDA required to develop a Product Traceability Plan. Currently in pilot and consultation with industry, including GS1 US Current traceability systems are seen to be slow, cumbersome and inadequate in mass recalls and epidemiological investigations 15 15
  • 16. Institute of Food Technologists • Made a submission to the FDA on Traceability • Key issues are: • Complex supply chains • Multiplicity of different tracking systems which do not connect • Changing name of products as they move through supply chains (lack of use of common identifiers) • Inconsistent record keeping All can be addressed using the GS1 System © 2011 GS1 16
  • 17. Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code • Administered by FSANZ • Enforced by State and Territory and New Zealand agencies • Must have a recall system • Must have appropriate labelling • Must be able to identify the source of product • No specific mention of traceability © 2011 GS1 17
  • 18. Role of the Consumer
  • 19. Consumers • The vision of alerting consumers on their mobile device that the product they bought yesterday needs to be destroyed and a refund can be claimed at the click of a button is possible today • Lacking is the adoption of standards to make this a viable business reality across all brands, stores and platforms © 2011 GS1 19
  • 20. GS1’s Role in Traceability
  • 21. Providing interoperability in a complex environment What How Multiple requirements Interoperability GS1 GTS & Global Traceability Program TR : Traceability requirements © 2011 GS1 21
  • 22. A unique position in the food and product safety landscape One single traceability process to meet multiple business and regulatory requirements © 2011 GS1 22
  • 23. Food Safety and the Traceability Challenge
  • 24. Global Challenge – The complexity of the food supply chain The more partners there are in the supply chain, the more complex business processes and information systems become © 2011 GS1 24 24
  • 25. The GS1 Food Traceability Solution
  • 26. GS1 Traceability Solution components Standards Guidelines Best practices © 2011 GS1 Global Traceability Implementation Assessments Support Deployment 26
  • 27. Benefits of the GS1 Global Traceability Programme • Measures traceability level of implementation and identify gaps compared to best practices • Provide a methodological way to test and implement full chain traceability with GS1 standards • Help ensuring conformance with multiple traceability business and regulatory requirements • Provides management with actionable reports aimed at facilitating continuous improvement • Attain ultimate quality assurance and business processes optimisation. © 2011 GS1 27
  • 28. In Conclusion • Companies that manufacturer products invest considerable resources to establish the value of their brands and meet the needs of customers and regulators, GS1 has developed the Global Traceability programme to support their efforts. • GS1 Australia will be introducing the GS1 Global Traceability Checklist to Australia through selected partners • We are partnering with interested compliance and audit firms and we also seek to partner with facilitators © 2011 GS1 28
  • 29. In conclusion • With growing concern from Consumers about products and food safety and increasing regulations, manufacturers and retailers today need to be able to know the origin of the products they produce and sell. • In the event of a recall they need to respond in a timely manner and have visibility of the entire supply chain • It is critical that traceability systems can identify the source of the raw materials and destination of all finished product • The GS1 Traceability Programme assists companies to implement Traceability best practices using GS1 Global Standards © 2011 GS1 29 29
  • 30. GS1 Global Traceability Standards –a single traceability process to meet all quality and regulatory requirements True Traceability can only be achieved successfully if it is built upon global standards that can act as the foundation for clear understandable exchanges for everyone to understand © 2011 GS1 30 30
  • 31. Maria Palazzolo Chief Executive Officer GS1 Australia 100/45 Gilby Rd, Mt Waverley Vic 3149