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FOOD SAFETY
GS1 US, a member of
GS1 global, is a not-forprofit
information standards
organization that facilitates
industry collaboration to help
improve supply chain visibility
and efficiency through the use
of GS1 Standards, the most
widely used supply chain
standards system in the world.
Nearly 300,000 businesses in
25 industries rely on GS1 US for
trading partner collaboration
that optimizes their supply
chains, drives cost performance
and revenue growth, while also
enabling regulatory compliance.
They achieve these benefits
through solutions based on GS1
global unique numbering and
identification systems, barcodes,
Electronic Product Code (EPC)based
RFID, data synchronization
and electronic information
exchange. GS1 US also manages
the United Nations Standard
Products and Services Code
(UNSPSC).
" Global retailers, brands
and solution providers have
been moving toward the use
of 2D barcodes to provide
consumers with detailed
product information and
transparency, " explained Carrie
Wilke, senior vice president,
standards, and technology, GS1
US. " However, there are many
other supply chain benefits,
including improved inventory
management, recall readiness,
sustainability, ethical sourcing,
product authentication and
brand trust. A single 2D barcode
conveys limitless information
in a machine-readable format
and while the transition is a
multi-step process, GS1 US will
be collaborating with industry to
align on capabilities for success. "
GS1 US recently conducted a
Test Kit pilot with three national
retailers and their solution
providers to assess readiness. The
results showed that POS systems
must be transformed to process
2D barcodes, interpret new data
and maintain efficient checkout.
Although retailers in the test
group had image scanners
installed, testing revealed
numerous readiness challenges
in successfully scanning,
processing and storing data.
This indicates that hardware and
software infrastructure across all
POS formats needs to evolve.
" While the transition to 2D
barcodes is still in its infancy, we
understand that benefits around
sustainability, traceability, supply
chain visibility and meeting the
needs of consumers are creating
a great deal of interest across
industry, " said Marcia Mendez,
senior program manager,
Walmart. " Ultimately, suppliers
will likely drive this evolution
as they increasingly label their
products with 2D barcodes;
however, retailers will need to
ensure that not only can they
scan 2D barcodes, but also read
and ingest the data, which we've
learned are two very different
capabilities during the pilot
project. "
As a neutral global standards
body, GS1 is coordinating
this effort to ensure that
recommendations and guidance
include the needs of all
stakeholders to produce a fully
interoperable, global solution.
GS1 US will continue to work
with industry globally to create
requirements, conduct testing,
analyze results and provide
recommendations to optimize 2D
barcode placement, read priority
and scanning performance in
both the dual (U.P.C. + 2D) and
single (2D) marking scenarios.
This includes testing with the
University of Memphis AIDC Lab.
Insights will be incorporated into
guidance developed for industry
globally.
Reducing food waste
Each year in the United States, 73 to 152 million metric
tons of food is lost or wasted during all stages of the food
supply chain (from primary production to consumption),
according to the EPA's November 2021 report, From
Farm to Kitchen: The Environmental Impacts of U.S.
Food Waste. Food waste adversely impacts the economy,
communities, and the environment by wasting the
resources used to grow and transport it. Preventing food
waste and keeping food and other organics out of landfills
mitigates climate change, as an estimated 8% of global
greenhouse gas emissions come from wasted food. At the
same time, uneaten food contains enough calories to feed
more than 150 million people each year, far more than the
35 million estimated food-insecure Americans.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
recognizes notable achievements and innovations of 18
businesses and organizations that participated in EPA's
Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) in 2020 and 2021.
During this period, FRC partners prevented about 1.2
million tons of food from entering landfills or incinerators,
saving $61.5 million in avoided landfill costs and reducing
the amount of wasted food contributing to landfill
emissions associated with climate change.
Two awardees, Sodexo and Sprouts Farmers Market,
are also U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions, a
group of businesses and organizations that have publicly
committed to reduce food loss and waste by 50% in their
own operations by the year 2030.
" The EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award winners
demonstrate how preventing food waste and diverting
excess wholesome food away from landfills and to people
is important for the environment and for communities, "
said EPA Administrator Michael Regan. " Their
accomplishments serve as excellent examples to other
companies, governments, organizations and communities,
particularly because food is the single largest category of
waste. We have an obligation to follow the lead of our award
winners, not only for the sake of 35 million food-insecure
Americans, but also to prevent emissions that contribute to
climate change. "
Many environmental inputs go into getting food from
farms to our plates, and when food doesn't get sold or
eaten along the way, people are throwing away valuable
resources and missing opportunities to feed others.
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