Grocery and Foodservice industries leverage new GS1 US implementation guideline for traceability requirements.

 

Improving Food Safety with Tech-enabled Traceability

Tracking cases/cartons with RAIN RFID technology powered by GS1 Standards offers many benefits - including better recall and freshness management as well as increased operational efficiency. These benefits have led to a surge in interest, particularly with capturing attribute data in the RFID carrier. 

For many years, the food industry has been leveraging GS1-128 barcodes on cases and cartons to encode a product’s Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) and traceability data (e.g., batch/lot, date, serial number, and net weight). This guideline was developed to operate within existing GS1 Standards for encoding product data in an EPC scheme.

As a result, brands can better ensure that traceability data is communicated effectively at each stop along the supply chain. Also, encoding additional data, such as batch/lot number and date, into the EPC/RFID tag memory facilitates the removal of recalled products to ensure freshness.

 
Figure 1: SGTIN-198 use for Attribute Lookup
SGTIN-198 use for Attribute Lookup

This figure depicts a product that is encoded at the point of packaging with an SGTIN-198 tag using the approach documented in section 6 of this document. Downstream supply chain trade partners simply access attribute data (such as Batch/Lot) when reading the EPC/RFID tag. This does not require communication with corporate systems, nor does it require integration with the manufacturer to capture the limited set of attributes described in this document.

 

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