One of the nation’s largest foodservice distributors is promoting its membership in a foodservice industry food safety group and is embracing practices for a uniform industry traceback system.

U.S. Foodservice embraces global data synchronization for foodservice traceability

Rosemont, Ill.-based U.S. Foodservice, which was one of the 55 founding member companies of the Foodservice GS1 U.S. Standards Initiative, is publicizing its efforts to adopt the global data synchronization network to promote a standardized foodservice industry traceability platform.

On July 9, U.S. Foodservice officials said they remain committed to leveraging the new standards in partnership with its suppliers.

Gene Carbonara, senior director of operations for U.S. Foodservice’s Monarch Foods, said the distributor has in the past been implementing the global data synchronization network practices in various forms but has recently begun increasing its adoption of procedures for standardized global location and Global Trade Item Numbers.

“What tends to happen today in the foodservice industry is that when there is a recall like spinach, we tend to throw out all the spinach we have in the house because we can’t accurately do this (traceback),” Carbonara said. “What we have today is quite an expensive and inefficient process. This (global data synchronization) is foundational and will be truly transformational for the foodservice industry. We have never had this in the foodservice industry.”

Carbonara said data synchronization should allow suppliers to establish a common language for all customers and distributors to use.

He said it should also help drive waste out of the supply chain by allowing the industry to quickly identify a product’s origin.

U.S. Foodservice is working with FSE Inc., Waltham, Mass., as its global data synchronization data pool provider.

The Foodservice GS1 U.S. Standards Initiative was formed late last year.