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Consumer Safety

At GS1 we work with authorities and companies around the world to help address product and food safety.

Our standards enable tracking products across supply chains and tracing custody, making it easier to:

  • Structure product identification;
  • Verify authenticity;
  • Comply with product and food safety regulations;
  • Run efficient, targeted recalls.

The increased number of safety regulatory requirements with regards to end-to-end supply chain visibility implies additional efforts from both companies and governments.

GS1 standards help consumer safety stakeholders implement systems that enable them to increase product safety.

Food safety

The food industry is increasingly facing demands from consumers and authorities for more comprehensive information on food safety, food quality, provenance and harvesting processes. Traceability can provide a solution by adding an element of transparency and trust to food supply chains.

GS1 standards help trace fresh foods from farm to fork. Information can be easily shared throughout the supply chain and data can be retrieved to satisfy safety regulations.

Sharing accurate product information via consumer-facing mobile devices and websites builds trust and helps today's consumers make informed decisions.

Unique identification of products and the standardized exchange of data enable:

  • Companies to be prepared for efficient and targeted recalls
  • Market surveillance authorities to verify compliance

We partner with businesses, trade associations, industry groups, governments, regulatory agencies and NGOs to drive consumer confidence in food safety.

Read more here about how our standards make a difference when it comes to food safety.

OECD Global Recalls Portal and GS1 solutions

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.


Case Study: Leveraging standards

Since its inception in 2009, the GS1 Canada Product Recall service enables the industry to better manage recalls between trading partners.

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