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This Year’s Back to School Checklist Includes Transparency & Traceability

Samantha is allergic to dairy, so please be sure she isn’t served milk! Luke has a nut allergy, so it’s critical that he avoids all foods with peanuts.  Harry is allergic to milk and eggs, so he has to steer clear of foods with either of these ingredients (think cupcakes, cookies and other treats).

Welcome to the lunchroom – the thunderous meeting ground of lunch tables separated by food allergies.  There’s the “No Peanut” table, “No Milk” table, “No Gluten” table and for some schools, even a “No GMO” table.  Have we become a society of extremely picky eaters?  Well, pickiness aside, studies show that food allergies affect up to 2 1/2 million children. Six foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions to foods in children: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soy. Aside from peanut and tree nut allergy (which are considered life-long), most children will outgrow their food allergies.  But until then, parents and students remain vigilant and cautious in managing those allergies to stay healthy (and alive).

That level of vigilance has translated to greater national awareness and standard school guidelines via the CDC, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), USDA and US Department of Education.  So with parents and students requiring much more transparency and traceability, does your organization have a trusted way to provide them with nutritional information in a fast and easily accessible format? Can your organization easily share that info with healthcare professionals, parents, and government agencies?  If not, don’t you get schooled!  Instead, consider the following SIX to do’s:

  1. Establish repeatable global processes and content for product information compliance and transparency
  2. Manage your product information to address Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Health, Safety & Environment policies
  3. Address compliance with specific global transparency initiatives, such as GMA SmartLabel or the EU 1169 Food Regulation.
  4. Capture, store, manage and distribute product data, information and content in accordance with global regulations – e.g. Hazmat, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSAI), Reach/GHS
  5. Leverage global consulting, content validation and verification services for chemical ingredients and harmful substances.
  6. Establish repeatable processes for material safety data sheets (SDS) and digital as well as physical handling and distribution of compliance documentation.

Fortunately, this is exactly where 1WorldSync can help.  Our proven solutions can help protect and grow your sales to discerning consumers, by offering total product information transparency on all channels.  Even schools now have the ability to provide full nutritional transparency to the right people, at the right time, in the right format. 1WorldSync Showcase for Foodservice is a boundless marketplace that allows you to discover and publish products, and more importantly product information, in a standardized, easily accessible, digital format…and ensuring accurate nutritional information such as ingredients, allergens, and serving size.

Click here to learn more about how 1WorldSync Showcase for Foodservice.

Early Availability of New Product Information

The demand on brand owners for accurate product information continues to grow – consumers want to have confidence in the information for food & other products, such as ingredients and allergens.  Retailers want to understand accurate dimensions of products for shelf planning and supply chain purposes.   When it comes to new products that have not yet been produced, the initial set of information is desired well before the final product is ever produced so that buying decisions can be made between the merchant and the brand owner. Continue reading

GDSN® Major Release 3

1WorldSync remains committed to the GDSN standards and will support the upcoming GDSN release, Major Release 3.  With this release, GDSN will be better enabled to more quickly implement new requests into the standard.  There are also many enhancements to existing attribute sets, including nutrients, ingredients, allergens, tax, hazardous materials, promotional, packaging and many others.

This release is considered a non-backwards compatible release, and while the level of impact varies based on the level of your implementation, we strongly encourage you to begin your planning and budgeting for the upcoming changes based on the below timeline:
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The 1WorldSync Impact Analysis Document, which contains a summary of scope, the high level impact, and timelines, is available for all 1WorldSync customers and can be found here.   We will work in the coming months to provide the full details on the scope and the technical specifications for this release.

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