Quality Food Scheme

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Overview

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Objective

As a neutral, not-for-profit, standard orgranisation. GS1 has dedicated ourselves to the design and implementation of global standards, for more efficient, visible and safer supply chains. The global standards are not only recognised by ISO, but also widely acknowledged by global organisations like GFSI. GS1 Global Traceability Standard (GTS), which complies with multiple international standards, makes food traceability systems possible on a global scale -regardless of the number of companies or borders crossed in the food production process.

The outbreaks of food incidents in recent years raised concerns on 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 food supply chain and enhance enterprises’ ability in traceability, hence to increase consumer trust and food safety in 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 added a new element – Efficient Consumer Response Index (ECR Index) which could help the company to review their speed and capability to deal with incidents.

Scheme Benefits  

Each participating company will receive an external perspective appraisal based on the audit criteria. A team of professional auditors with diverse and extensive experience will audit each participating company, who will then receive a full report on its strengths and areas for improvement. This will benefit the participating company to develop a roadmap for better food traceability management and to maintain the most updated system for companies who are constantly looking for improvement.

Entitlements  

Recognised companies are entitled to use the “Quality Food Scheme 2021” logo in marketing materials and enjoy additional exposure in: 
‧ Media Partners 
‧ Publications of GS1 Hong Kong
‧ Social Media of GS1 Hong Kong
‧ Website and e-news of GS1 Hong Kong
‧ Promotion Material and Website of “Quality Food Scheme” 

Supporting Organizations

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Assessment/Judging

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Qualty Food Scheme Assessment Criteria

Audit will be performed by GS1 Hong Kong.The assessment criteria are mainly evaluated in accordance with GS1 Global Traceability Standards (GTS).

GS1 Global Traceability Standard

As a neutral, not-for-profit and ISO endorsed organisation, GS1 has dedicated ourselves to the design and implementation of global standards, for more efficient, visible and safer supply chains. GS1 Global Traceability Standard (GTS), which complies with multiple international standards, makes food traceability systems possible on a global scale - regardless of the number of companies or borders crossed in the food production process. Aberdeen’s Food Safety and Traceability Report* states that the best performing food companies have 60% adoption of GS1 standards. In case of suspected food safety issues, the GTS enabled system ensures immediate access to accurate product information and swift recalls of products. It also facilitates quality assurance and accurate inventory control, with the ultimate goal to ensure consumer health and safety.

Qualty Food Scheme+ Assessment Criteria

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.

Scoring System*

The scoring system 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.

Quality Scheme 2021 - Soring System

ECR Index*

In order to improve the speed and capability of companies to deal with incidents, the 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 on the capabilities according to the KPI about the implementation of supply chain's efficiency of ECR. The Index comprises four focus perspectives and 4 criteria.

Quality Scheme 2021 - ECR Index

Apply to both Scheme*

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Award Details

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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 highest food safety and quality are being achieved.

Gold Enterprise

This award recognises the enterprise that has demonstrated the excellent level of global safety and traceability standards implementation and the food traceability system maturity. 

Silver Enterprise

This award recognises enterprises that have demonstrated an high level of global safety and traceability standards implementation and the food traceability system maturity.


ECR Index

3star3 Stars

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 the supply chain efficiency.

2star2 Stars

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 the supply chain efficiency.

1star1 Star

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 the supply chain efficiency.

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Winners

Review of 2020

The 20 winning enterprises of Quality Food Scheme 2020

Diamond Enterprise

2020 Food Scheme Winner Logo - Diamond

Gold Enterprise

2020 Food Scheme Winner Logo - Golden

Silver Enterprise

2020 Food Scheme Winner Logo - Silver

 

Review of 2019

The 20 winning enterprises of Quality Food Scheme 2019

Diamond Enterprise

19diamond

Gold Enterprise

19gold

Silver Enterprise

19silver

Review of 2018

The 22 winning enterprises of Quality Food Scheme 2018

Diamond Enterprise

18diamond

 

Gold Enterprise

18gold

 

Silver Enterprise

18silver

 

Review of 2017

The 21 winning enterprises of Quality Food Scheme 2017

Diamond Enterprise

17diamond

 

Gold Enterprise

17gold

 

Silver Enterprise

17silver

 

Review of 2016

The 18 winning enterprises of Quality Food Scheme 2016

Gold Enterprise

 

16gold

 

Silver Enterprise

16silver

GOLD ENTERPRISE WINNER

Melco Crown (City of Dreams) Hotels Limited and Altira Hotel Limited

SILVER ENTERPRISE WINNER

Ocean Three Development Ltd.

2-YEARS WINNER

Wyeth (Hong Kong) Holding Company Limited

Award Presentation Ceremony

Food Scheme award presentation ceremony 2015 was organised in parallel with GS1 Hong Kong Food Industry Form on 18 June 2015, which received a remarkable achievement gathering over 150 industry stakeholders and pioneers to share best practices and exchange insight in food safety and traceability in uplifting consumer trust.

 

Review of 2015

The 14 winning enterprises of Quality Food Scheme 2015

Gold Award Enterprise

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Silver Award Enterprise

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Award Presentation Ceremony

Food Scheme award presentation ceremony 2015 was organised in parallel with GS1 Hong Kong Food Industry Form on 18 June 2015, which received a remarkable achievement gathering over 150 industry stakeholders and pioneers to share best practices and exchange insight in food safety and traceability in uplifting consumer trust.

After receiving the award last year, both our suppliers and the government contacted us more frequently to enquire what the Quality Food Traceability Scheme is. As a part of the Macau hotel, catering and tourism industry, we are glad to promote this Scheme. The accumulation of the understanding towards traceability of food and food related product by suppliers and other industry stakeholders could bring positive influence to the whole industry. It could also effectively and efficiently enhance the promotion of supply chain and traceability of product.

Ms. Ruby O, Executive Director of Food Safety, Melco Crown (City of Dreams) Hotels Limited and Altira Hotel Limited - Gold Enterprise Winner

The Scheme provides useful insights to both our internal and external management. Internally, our partner and we will place a high value on product tracking system. Such common effort would upgrade our system so that consumers could be fully protected. Externally, the Scheme could affirm the effort of our company and consolidate the consumer confidence.

Ms. May Chung , Country Business Manager, Wyeth (Hong Kong) Holding Company Limited - Gold Enterprise Winner

The guiding principle of Hop Hing Oils & Fats (Hong Kong) Limited is “No compromise on quality” and strictly complying stringent, self-imposed quality and service standards, which is also our business target. We have been committed to the pursuit of a safer, more efficient and more transparent supply chain management, so as to reflect the optimization and value creation of our products. This Scheme helps our quality control in aspects like purchase of raw materials, manufacturing and logistics. It also encourages us to continue upholding the “No compromise on quality” principle. Besides, the primary requirement of customers is food safety. To meet customer requirements, a comprehensive, effective and more transparent product tracing system is necessary to build consumer confidence towards the brand products. Through the system, the customers could make a wise choice, and we could fulfill the target of strictly complying stringent, self-imposed quality and service standards.

Ms. Shirley Lo, Oil Purchasing & Supply Chain Manager, Hop Hing Oils & Fats (Hong Kong) Limited - Gold Enterprise Winner

First of all, talking about food safety traceability, GS1 Hong Kong is an authority. We hope participation in this award could improve the potential problem in transport and storage in our company. Particularly, the government has recently strengthened monitoring license of online food sales. The reason for participating in this award is that we hope we can do a better job to enhance the consumer confidence. Second, we understand that GS1 has adopted a serious and professional attitude in response to media and award judgment.

Mr. Hamish Ho, Founder, Ocean Three Development Limited - Silver Enterprise Winner

The reason why we participated in this Food Safety Scheme is because we want to establish well-known brand names from both inside and outside. Aside from tracing the origin of food, we believe it is necessary to have a packaging with beautiful appearance, for the sake of attracting our customers. The current Scheme enables us to know more about how to record the source of information and how to find a good product. Thus, after winning the award, the customers would be more confident about our products. From our supplier into the cargo, the raw materials are transported to Hong Kong, to our warehouse, to our shop, and ultimately to the hands of the customers. Everything is traceable in the Scheme.

Mr. Raymond Cheng, General Manager, Hello Kitty Green Living operated by Go Green (HK) Ltd. - Silver Enterprise Winner

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Headline Daily, 28th Aug 2019

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Headline Daily, 31st Jul 2019

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Headline Daily, 26th Apr 2019

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Headline Daily, 20th Jul 2018

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Headline Daily, 11th May 2018

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Supply Chain Plus Magazine (Issue 22)

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Headline Daily, 1st Aug 2016

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APEC GDS Polits 2015

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APEC GDS Polits 2016

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Application

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"Quality Food Scheme 2021" Application Procedures

Quality Food Scheme 2021 - Timeline

Eligibility 

Companies who have engaged in food business with over one year of operation in Hong Kong or Macau are eligible to apply.                                         

Application

Submit the signed application form with application fee by post or in person to GS1 Hong Kong. 
GS1 Hong Kong 
22/F,OTB Building,160 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

"2021 Quality Food Scheme"​ Application Fee

The fee for each application is HK$16,000. Fees should be paid by crossed cheque made payable to “GS1 Hong Kong Ltd” within 7 days after form submission. Please write down the name of the participating company, contact person and telephone number at the back of the cheque with the remark “2021 Quality Food Scheme”.

"2021 Quality Food Scheme ​+" Application Fee

The fee for each application is HK$24,000. Fees should be paid by crossed cheque made payable to “GS1 Hong Kong Ltd” within 7 days after form submission. Please write down the name of the participating company, contact person and telephone number at the back of the cheque with the remark “2021 Quality Food Scheme +”.

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