Quality Food Scheme
The outbreaks of food incidents in recent years raised concerns about food safety. End-to-end food traceability has become an essential element in food safety management.
To encourage enterprises to adopt food traceability practices, GS1 Hong Kong has been orgranising the “Quality Food Scheme” (formerly named as Quality Food Traceability Scheme) annually since 2015. It aims to improve the visibility of the food supply chain and enhance enterprises’ ability in traceability, hence increasing consumer trust and food safety in the local food industry.
Starting from September 2020, GS1 Hong Kong launched an advanced edition – “Quality Food Scheme +” which the scheme invited SGS Hong Kong as an audit partner. SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, which is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. Taking reference from food safety management and control standards, we aim to help companies ensure food safety in a more comprehensive and effective way. Providing safer food to the consumer.
The scheme has also included an element – Efficient Consumer Response Index (ECR Index) which could help the company to review their speed and capability to deal with incidents.
UPLIFT BRAND/COMPANY REPUTATION
OPTIMISE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
STRENGTHEN CONSUMER TRUST
ENHANCE FOOD TRACEABILITY AND SAFETY
CHECK OUT REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
ROADMAP TO IMPROVEMENT
Benefits & Entitlements
- One Certificate and Trophy
- Tickets to the Yearly Award Presentation Ceremony
- Receive a full report to develop a roadmap for better food traceability & food safety management
- Entitled to use the scheme logo in marketing materials relevant to the company for one year
- Press Release
- Newspaper / Magazine advertorial / supplement
- Social Media
- Promotional materials such as leaflet and/or brochure
- GS1 HK Website
- GS1 HK ‘Business Connect’ magazine
- GS1 HK e-newsletter & eDM
1) Assessment Criteria
Quality Food Scheme
The audit will be performed by GS1 Hong Kong. The assessment criteria are mainly evaluated in accordance with GS1 Global Traceability Standards (GTS).
Quality Food Scheme +
The audit will be performed by GS1 Hong Kong and SGS Hong Kong. The assessment criteria are mainly in accordance with GS1 Global Traceability Standard (GTS), ISO 22000 and HACCP.
2) Scoring System
The scoring system for Quality Food Scheme and Quality Food Scheme + comprises four major components, including (i) meeting the Global Standards’ criteria, (ii) GFSI recognised food safety standards and other international standards certificates, (iii) Training and (iv) Extension of traceability coverage to external business partners.
3) Efficient Consumer Response Index
In order to improve the speed and capability of companies to deal with incidents, Quality Food Scheme and Quality Food Scheme + has added a ECR Index. The Index is developed according to the Global Efficient Consumer Response (Global ECR) which provides companies with a deeper evaluation of the capabilities according to the KPI about the implementation of the supply chain's efficiency of ECR. The Index comprises four focus perspectives and 4 criteria.
1) Award Categories for Scoring System
Diamond, Gold and Silver Enterprise awards are presented to the recognised companies based on the assessment results.
- Diamond Enterprise
This award is presented to enterprises that have implemented food safety and traceability standards in its supply chain management system, with particular procedures intended to ensure the highest food safety and quality are being achieved.
- Gold Enterprise
This award recognises the enterprise that has demonstrated an excellent level of global safety and traceability standards implementation and the food traceability system maturity.
- Silver Enterprise
This award recognises enterprises that have demonstrated a high level of global safety and traceability standards implementation and the food traceability system maturity.
2) ECR Index
This index is presented to the enterprises that show an excellent level of responses rate and capabilities to deal with incidents while the implementation of ECR in terms of supply chain efficiency.
This index is presented to the enterprises that show the best responses rate and capabilities to deal with incidents while the implementation of ECR in terms of supply chain efficiency.
This index is presented to the enterprises that show a high responses rate and capabilities to deal with incidents while the implementation of ECR in terms of supply chain efficiency.
Companies who have engaged in the food business with over 1 year of operation in Hong Kong or Macau are eligible to apply.
Complete and send your application form by post or in-person to GS1 Hong Kong.
Application Fee & Payment Method
- The application fee for ‘2023 Quality Food Scheme’ is HK$16,000
- The application fee for ‘2023 Quality Food Scheme +’ is HK$24,000
- The fee should be settled by a crossed check payable to ‘GS1 Hong Kong Limited’ in 14 days after submission of the application form.
- Please write your company name, contact person and contact no. on the back of the check and post to GS1 Hong Kong office. (22/F. OTB Building, 160 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)
- All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.