Officials with GS1 announced the ratification of a global recall standard and unveiled an implementation guide for multi-jurisdictional recall notifications.

The Belgium-based non-for-profit organization described the new standard as a “common-sense blueprint” for everyone in the food supply chain, according to a June 13 news release. It is incorporated into country-specific recall platforms that are based on GS1 standards, including the Rapid Recall Exchange in the U.S. and the Product Recall program in Canada.

According to the GS1 website, the new recall standard “defines, standardizes and harmonizes the critical attributes to be captured and shared among trading parties and regulators during a product recall.” GS1 wrote the new standard to complement and extend the existing GS1 Traceability Standard.

It took almost three years to develop the standard, according to the news release. The standard identifies the key principles of traceability and demonstrates how to apply them for effective product recalls.

The group that developed the new standard included 76 people from 16 countries. Participants from the U.S. included representatives from the Food and Drug Administration, McCain Foods Ltd., Wegmans Food Markets, Procter & Gamble Co., Pfizer Inc., Suncor Energy, Hewlett-Packard, Kraft Foods Inc., Tyson, Kellogg’s Co. and General Mills.