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GS1 News: Lamb Weston and FDA Join Initiative


January 2018 Issue: Each month GS1 US distributes a newsletter to initiative members to keep interested parties up-to-date on initiative news, implementation resources, educational offerings, and more. IFDA now shares the newsletter through our website.

New Members to the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative
In the January 2018 issue of the initiative newsletter, GS1 US announced that Lamb Weston Sales, Inc., and The Food and Drug Administration joined the initiative in December 2017.

Industry issues call-to-action letter to improve data quality
Seventeen leading foodservice organizations recently co-signed a GS1 US industry call-to-action letter that they supplied with trading partners asking for continued focus on complete and accurate product data to help meet the demand for information transparency in today’s digital world. The effort is aimed at improving data sharing between trading partners as well as with consumers. To access the letter at IFDA Online, click here.

Need help making a case for implementing location identification?
GS1 US has released a revised guidance document, Opportunities for GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLNs) in the Foodservice Supply Chain, which outlines key benefits of GLN adoption, including:

• Fewer Disputes & Exception Processes
• Less Confusion When Locations Undergo Changes
• Improved Accuracy & Efficiency in Contract Management
• Less Complexity in the Procure-to-Pay Cycle
• Improved Responsiveness for Product Tracking

To access the guidance document, click here.

Checklists: Revised by Popular Demand
The implementation checklists highlighting resources for each step of GS1 Standards implementations have been revised based on workgroup feedback and are now available. Click on the appropriate link to access each PDF.


Workgroup Updates
GS1 US Foodservice workgroups are finalizing their 2018 work plans and gearing up for another year of collaboration.

The Joint Foodservice and Retail Grocery Data Quality Workgroup is looking for companies to participate in a pilot to help validate the applicability of the proposed eight consumer facing product attributes the group had identified for Pillar 3 Attribute Audits within the GS1 US National Data Quality Program. The group will be on hiatus until additional information is available for review.

Traceability Corner
Resource of the Month: Foodservice Implementation Guideline for Case-Level Traceability Using GS1 Standards.

Media Coverage
The following articles were recently published.

Beaver Street Fisheries Navigates Oceans of Data
National Provsioner

Data Quality: Taking it From the Supply Chain to the Consumer

For more on the GS1 US Foodservice Initiative, click here.