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Could whole chain traceability be the answer to food safety and transparency?

Could whole chain traceability be the answer to food safety and transparency? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Food safety experts say that whole chain traceability may be the key to faster, more concentrated and less costly recalls, improved food safety and increased transparency in the food and beverage industry. But due to a variety of challenges, others wonder if whole chain traceability is feasible.
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Companies that will be proactively addressing traceability in their supply chain will be the ones that are going to win in the marketplace

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GS1 US guideline helps pharmaceutical industry prepare for item-level traceability requirement

GS1 US has published a new release of the guideline, Applying GS1 Standards for DSCSA and Traceability (R1.2), to help the pharmaceutical industry prepare for Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) serialization and item-level traceability requirements in 2017 and 2023.
The new release builds upon version 1.1 of the guideline and takes advantage of new features in the GS1 Electronic Product Code Information Service (EPCIS) and Core Business Vocabulary (CBV), GS1 Standards that enable trading partners to share information about the physical movement and status of products as they travel throughout the supply chain – from business to business and ultimately to consumers.

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More and more regulations are being released to encourage companies in specific sector to be more transparent in their supply chain. How transparent are you in your supply chain?

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Bertrand Maltaverne's curator insight, November 25, 2016 8:05 AM

More and more regulations are being released to encourage companies in specific sector to be more transparent in their supply chain. How transparent are you in your supply chain?

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Chemicals Revealed — Washington Toxics Coalition

Chemicals Revealed — Washington Toxics Coalition | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Over 5000 children’s products contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems, according to reports filed with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology).

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This reports from the Washington Toxics Coalition is an example of increased public scrutinity over product transparency and chemicals traceability.


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SVI: Driving Sustainability in the Vanilla Supply Chain

SVI: Driving Sustainability in the Vanilla Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Sustainable Vanilla Initiative (SVI) aims to improve vanilla bean farmers’ livelihoods and assure the long-term stable supply of high quality natural vanilla. This voluntary food, flavors and fragrances industries program liaises with vanilla exporters, producers, sector organizations and public authorities worldwide to progress issues of governance, traceability, labor rights and technical assistance to grower groups. 
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Great to see new initiatives such as the SVI which addresses social, environmental and economic issues throughout the supply chain.

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Sustainable Rubber briefing: Michelin zero-deforestation pledge raises hopes for responsible sourcing | Ethical Corporation

Sustainable Rubber briefing: Michelin zero-deforestation pledge raises hopes for responsible sourcing | Ethical Corporation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The tyre maker – the world’s largest buyer of natural rubber – announced this summer that it has begun tracing its entire rubber supply chain, the first big company to make such a commitment.
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Great to see our client Michelin committing to eliminate rubber from deforested areas from its supply chain

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EBN - Ken Manchen - Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January 2

EBN - Ken Manchen - Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January 2 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Come January 2, 2013, the European Union will replace its original RoHS law with a new recast version known as RoHS 2. This new version will expand coverage to all electrical and electronic equipment, require special marking of finished goods and more compliance documentation, and increase penalties for non-compliance.

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This article from EBN summarizes the main changes under RoHS 2 and how the Directive will impact product declarations with CE marks, and increasingly cover other sectors.

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