Emergency situations such as biosecurity incursions, food safety breaches and natural disasters require rapid responses to identify the source of threat and to secure the supply chain. But it can take time t collate the necessary information, and regulators don’t always have data at their fingertips about which properties produce which products and where food is in the supply chain.
The CherryPlus traceability project trialled GS1 data standards and the new GS1 Digital Link QR code to create a digital map of properties and products in the NSW cherry and potato industries. The data was managed via Fresh Chain’s fully integrated, blockchain enabled, paddock to plate assurance system. Through a partnership with Woolworths, the test cases demonstrated that not only could products be tracked and traced quickly in the supply chain, but that GS1 data standards could be used to connect consumers with product information.