GS1 partners with Foodbank to help address the rising issue of hunger in Australia

For immediate release Monday 11 December 2017 – GS1 Australia is pleased to announce its recent partnership with Foodbank aiming to help tackle Australia’s food insecurity crisis through the GS1 Australia Recall portal with Foodbank subscribing to receive timely product recall and withdrawal notices.

Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief organisation, can now receive communication from manufacturers and suppliers about a product recall or withdrawal using the Recall service – an online portal to significantly streamline and improve the product recall and withdrawal process.

GS1 Australia’s Head of Supply Chain Improvement Services, Peter Chambers said “GS1 Australia’s Recall portal now offers Foodbank the functionality to manage product recalls and remove the items from the Foodbank distribution system accurately and effectively. Food safety today is high on the menu with a need for an unequivocal standard practice across the entire food sector. Issuing a recall or withdrawal notification using Recall is simple, fast, and inexpensive.”

Michael Davidson, General Manager – National Supply Chain at Foodbank Australia said, “Subscribing to Recall now gives us the reassurance that we will immediately be notified by our suppliers in the event of a food item being recalled or withdrawn from the supply chain. It also gives manufacturers and suppliers the opportunity to donate product withdrawals as an alternative to that product going into landfill. Instead, we will re-direct it across our national network of front-line charities to provide food and grocery items to vulnerable Australians who are doing it tough.”

Foodbank works collaboratively with the entire Australian food and retail sector and throughout the supply chain to source and distribute food to front line charities around the country.

The organisation receives donations of stock that is out of specification, close to expiry, surplus to requirement, or has incorrect, or faulty packaging. As long as the products are safe for human consumption and not part of a product recall, then Foodbank can gratefully accept them.

“We rely on food donations from a variety of suppliers including farmers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to help us reach the 3.6 million Australians who are suffering with food insecurity each year. With our vision being an Australia free from hunger and food waste, we are encouraging all suppliers that kindly donate surplus product to also notify us about a product withdrawal as soon as possible,” added Mr Davidson.

“GS1 Australia is excited that Foodbank has selected Recall, the first online recall portal to be certified by HACCP, to manage a recall or withdrawal of a food item that has been donated to them for the safety of the consumer.” said Mr Chambers.

For further information about Recall, please contact GS1 Australia today, call 1300 BARCODE (1300 227 263), email or visit the GS1 Australia Events listings to register for a webinar.



About Foodbank
Foodbank is Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, providing 63 million meals a year to over 2,600 charities and 1,750 schools. Each year it distributes over 35 million kilograms of food and groceries - that’s the equivalent of over 172,000 meals a day. Foodbank accounts for 70% of all the food distributed to charities by food rescue organisations in Australia. Foodbank collaborates with suppliers, manufacturers and transporters in programs to source key staple foods that don’t come in sufficient quantities via rescue channels. For more information please visit the foodbank website.

About GS1
GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. Our scale and reach – local Member Organisations in 112 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day – help ensure that GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 website.


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GS1 Australia

Stav Psonis

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Foodbank Australia
McKenna Moroz

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