TORONTO – GS1 Canada has announced a new national product recall program that aims to standardize the dispersal of recall information between Canadian businesses.
The program, which uses robust HP cloud-computing technology, will not replace the existing Canadian Food Inspection Agency recall system. Instead, it will consist of a single unified program using web-based technology to better communicate the recall information.
The new platform is garnering interest, especially among those in the grocery and foodservice industries. “Ensuring the safety of products produced is the number 1 priority of the manufacturers of food and consumer products,” said Nancy Croitoru, president and CEO, Food & Consumer Products of Canada, in a statement. “When products do require recall, it is imperative for Canadians and for companies that the process is consistent, efficient and immediate. By joining forces and committing to a single standardized program, participating Canadian businesses will further enhance Canada’s excellent recall system to ensure it is more responsive, more immediate and better serves consumers.”
The recall program will launch first in the grocery sector, before expanding to the pharmacy and general merchandise sectors in 2010.
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