What is it?

The Global Fruit & Vegetable Traceability Implementation Guide identifies the key principles of traceability and demonstrates how to implement them through the use of diagrams and best business practice examples. Sections are dedicated to the distinct needs of each segment of the produce supply chain including growers, packer/re-packers, distributor/traders, foodservice operators and retail stores. An appendix section provides a lay person’s introduction to the standards which are significant for implementation.

Jane Proctor about the Guideline

“The IFPS is very appreciative of the work of both GS1 and industry members in this industry-driven effort to create a Guide which facilitates a common approach to produce traceability, regardless of where produce is shipped from or received. Adoption of global standards is crucial for the produce industry and the creation of the Guide is another step towards integration of GS1 standards into the global produce supply chain,” stated Jane Proctor, IFPS Chair 2006-2009. “ 

Mike McGee about the Journey

Mike McGee, L & M Companies Inc. and Project Chair recognized the importance of leveraging expertise from both industry and GS1. “When we began our journey we knew success would be defined by the combination of an understanding of GS1 standards balanced with industry knowledge of the unique nuances of the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain. The result is an implementation guide that serves companies of all size, anywhere in the world, and allows the produce industry to implement a traceability capability that meets the requirements of industry and the expectations of consumers.”

For every role in the chain

For each of the actors, fundamental questions were covered such as how a company is identified uniquely, how does a company identify its products in the supply chain, what traceability information is needed...Etc as well as best practices and business scenarios.

For Growers
What essential information that growers should record to enable an efficient traceability?

For Packers/Re-packers
Packers/re-packers must maintain records of products information that is critical for traceability.

For Distributors/Traders
Distributors/traders must capture product information from their supplier companies.

Foodservice Operators/ Retail Stores
Ensure unique product identification across all of a supplier’s product configuration and uniqueness across all sources of supply chain.

Traceability for Fresh Foods Implementation Guide

More info

IFPS worked closely toegether with GS1 International on the Guide Line for Tracking & Tracing in Fresh produce with GS1-standards for messaging, labelling and coding. More info visit the GS1-website. 

On this website you find interesting case-studies of Zespri and Anecoop on T&T in Fresh Produce with GS1-standards.

Guideline T&T with GS1 in Fresh

GS1 and the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) did develop the Traceability for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Implementation Guide based on the GS1 Global Traceability Standard. The Guide serves as a common-sense blueprint that enables all stakeholders in the fresh produce supply chain to implement traceability practices utilising the GS1 System of standards and in particular, the GS1 Global Traceability Standard. GS1 global supply chain standards are used by business in over 100 countries.