What is the benefit for the consumers?
All of us are consumers and all of us expect the products we purchase to be safe, perform well and deliver consistent quality. The GS1 Traceability Standard will help companies meet those expectations. When used with other quality and safety systems, the Standard will identify materials and products making it easier to get the right materials and products to the next step in the supply chain. And if a problem arises, the application of this Standard will make it easier to locate unsafe or defective products, remove them from or keep them out of the supply chain, thus reducing consumption or use of unsafe or defective products.
It also gives us the reassurance that the products we buy are safe.
Why do we need Traceability?
Increasingly, the ability to trace materials and products up and down the supply chain has become an integral part of doing business. One traditional use has been to identify and locate unsafe foods or pharmaceuticals and remove them from commerce.
Later, track and trace systems have been used to validate the presence or absence of attributes important to consumers (e.g., organic foods, non-allergenic cosmetics). Traceability has also become one tool in fighting product counterfeiting and protecting brands. Most recently, traceability of foods has become a regulatory requirement to protect against bioterrorism.
Traceability can be used for these specific objectives as well as a tool to assess other business systems and tools such as:
- Quality Management
- Risk Management
- Information Management
- Logistical Flows
- Commercial Advantage
- Evaluation of Management Demands
Nowadays, more than ever will become a fundamental requirement for doing business mainly in the food sector and healthcare.