Food Safety

How Do GS1 Standards Enable Traceability for Enhanced Food Safety?

Food safety

The food industry is facing increased demands from consumers and authorities for more comprehensive data 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 to 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.

 How Do GS1 Standards Enable Traceability for Enhanced Food Safety?

Unique identification of products and locations and the standardized exchange of data about those products enable companies to be prepared for quick and precise recalls.

Businesses, trade associations, industry groups, and regulatory agencies are collaborating to drive consumer confidence in food safety. GS1 Saudi Arabia works with all of these stakeholders to enable product traceability and food safety using GS1 Standards.


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 regard to end-to-end supply chain visibility, means additional efforts are needed from both companies and governments.

GS1 standards help consumer safety stakeholders implement systems that can lead to increased product safety.


As a fiercely competitive, multi-trillion-dollar industry, Foodservice is driving forward at an accelerated rate. This forever evolving segment is on the cusp of expansion, encompassing any business, institution or company responsible for meals prepared outside of the home.

This extensive market includes manufacturers, distributors and operators, all of whom are tasked and responsible for increased visibility, efficiency and food safety, among other regulatory demands.

The Foodservice supply chain is known to be complex, dynamic, and consumer driven, but with the help of GS1 standards, the process becomes simplified.

GS1 enables users to speak a common language and begin to share trusted information, which allows for stronger communication between trading partners, ultimately benefiting the consumer.