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Fresh Upstream stimulates use GS1 standards in Fresh Chain
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Fresh Upstream stimulates use GS1 standards in Fresh Chain

Several fresh food chains in the Netherlands are working together to improve information exchange and thus contribute to, among other things, better food safety. Chairman Philip den Ouden of the new Fresh Upstream foundation: "We want to broaden support for existing information standards."

In the fresh chains, standards are already being used to exchange information between the links. These are often the standards of GS1 Netherlands. "But these are mainly applied in the last part of the chain. That is the part of the food producers and processors to the retailers. Further upstream in the chain these standards are not or barely used, "says Philip den Ouden, chairman of the Fresh Upstream Foundation.

Fresh Upstream wants to change that. "There are several reasons why it is necessary to improve the provision of information throughout the entire chain. Consider food safety or the safe use of crop protection products in arable and horticulture and antibiotics in the meat industry. That is why we want to create a wider basis within the entire chain for the use of the existing GS1 standards, "explains Den Ouden, who emphasizes that Fresh Upstream will not develop or manage new standards. "GS1 does just fine."

Create broad support
Fresh Upstream creates broader support by bringing parties together. Various branch organizations support the foundation such as the GroentenFruit Huis, the Federation of Dutch Food Industry (FNLI) and the Netherlands Agriculture and Horticulture Organization (LTO Nederland). Discussions are also taking place with the Central Bureau for Food Trade (CBL). "Frug I Com already plays a similar role in the fruit and vegetable chain. With the experience of Frug I Com - we want to broaden that to all fresh food chains, including the meat industry. That is why we are pleased that a company like Vion is also actively participating ", says Den Ouden.

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Dutch fresh food chains are starting cooperation to optimize data exchange in the chain. With the establishment of the Fresh Upstream platform, GroentenFruit Huis, FNLI (Federation of Dutch Food Industry), LTO Netherlands (Netherlands Organization for Agriculture and Horticulture Netherlands) and GS1 Netherlands are starting intensive cooperation to optimize the provision of information in the fresh food chains. for the Food Trade) has been invited to join.