Food & Agriculture

With food production and supply chains becoming increasingly global due to geographically dispersed suppliers of ingredients, raw materials and manufacturing facilities, there are growing concerns about food quality and safety, including global food recalls. 

Effecting product recalls efficiently, accurately and with great speed is challenging. It requires the seamless tracking of food products as they move through multiple trading partners in the food supply chain. This is possible only with identification, capture and sharing of data on food products is done in a consistent, structured and standardised manner across stakeholders. Read about the Indian perspective in food traceability

GS1 global standards help the food sector overcome these challenges to provide safe and quality food to consumers. 

GS1 Traceability Standards (GTS) developed in close collaboration with Industry address the following needs of this sector: 

  • Efficient distribution, transport and logistic processes/operational efficiencies
  • Faster reaction to incident or crisis and more targeted recalls 
  • Fact-based quality and risks management for procurement
  • Verifiable quality and safety claims 
  • Insights into sustainability, ethical sourcing and environmental impact questions
  • Fewer counterfeit goods/easier detection of suspicious products
  • Increased transparency between business-to-business and business-to-consumer enabling trust
  • Lower cost to meet regulatory requirements 
  • Expiry date and waste management
  • Better Product Life Cycle management

GS1 is currently working on GTS 2 to leverage new technical opportunities, e.g. traceability using EPCIS to share event-based data, the possibility to connect databases and search for information in the “cloud” etc.


Use of GS1 standards in food sector: