Quality Food Traceability Scheme

Why food traceability suddenly becomes so important?

There is a surge of need for food traceability and food safety solutions in recent years after outbreaks of a series of food safety incidents and rounds of large scale recalls. The global food supply chain today is getting more complex as companies seek to enhance their capabilities to fulfill the world’s growing demand in quality food. Food traceability not only plays an important role in food safety management, it is becoming an essential tool to build trust between producers and consumers. Traceability and food safety solutions enable food companies to clearly identify products having any safety, quality or legal risk which may induce the business financial and legal impacts and enable withdrawal from the supply chain in a timely manner. It also avoids the loss attributed to prospective recalls and minimises disruption to trade and reduces potential public health risk. Traceability is a tool that can be used to provide information that would help to build trust between consumers and producers. By providing a full picture of the operations involved in the production of food items, it increases transparency and boosts trusts between players across the food chain, ultimately enhancing the business image and competitiveness


Quality Food Traceability Scheme

The GS1 Hong Kong Quality Food Traceability Scheme (also name as Food Scheme) provides an all-round assessment based on the GS1 Global Traceability Standard and Global Traceability Conformance on interoperable food traceability. It defines a comprehensive set of traceability requirements suitable for local food businesses to achieve full chain traceability. This standard allows an end-to-end traceability system, linking the flow of information to physical products. In an event of a food safety outbreak, the sharing of traceability information between trading partners in the supply train is critical to ensure a targeted and effective recall.

The Food Scheme is designed to recognise local enterprises which demonstrate excellence in food traceability system. Participating in the Scheme, companies will be supported to effectively adopt international standards and technology for food traceability systems and food safety solutions, make sure that they achieve Hong Kong food safety standard and enabling them to serve better and safer food to consumers.

Scheme participants will receive an independent assessment conducted by a team of professionals who have diverse and extensive experience. A full report will then be presented to each company on their strengths and areas for improvement. This will encourage them to develop a roadmap for better food safety and traceability management.

Based on the assessment results diamond, gold and silver awards are presented to the most successful organisations who will be invited to the annual award presentation ceremony. The winners are entitled to use the “Quality Food Traceability Scheme” logo in relevant marketing materials and enjoy additional exposure in public media and GS1 Hong Kong publications.


Benefits for businesses

  • Increased trust and reputation of the business within the existing customer base as well as through the food chain by providing a higher degree of transparency of the food chain;
  • Improved efficiency in managing due diligence documentation and internal records by helping the business in finding more time efficient and cost effective solutions;
  • Brand protection by offering simple and time effective tools to enable efficient management of critical situations such as product withdrawal and recalls in the unlikely occurrence of an incident;
  • Capability to provide real-time and accurate documentation requested by trading partners such as product specifications and production records;
  • Efficient tool to test the efficiency of the company quality and safety management system and perform gap analyses aimed to the continuous improvement of the system itself.


Quality Food Traceability Scheme 2019


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The 22 winning enterprises of Quality Food Traceability Scheme 2018

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Silver Award Enterprise



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