Seafood, retail giants work to improve global seafood information flow

Posted By Stop Illegal Fishing:4th Dec, 2018: Supply chain · Trade

With the help of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Global Food Traceability Center, more than fifty leading companies have come together through the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) to draft a set of voluntary industry guidelines and create the technical standards needed to allow key information to flow easily across the sector.

The GDST includes small, medium, and large businesses from North America, Europe and Asia, and represents the whole supply chain from fishers to processors to retailers, including Thai Union Group, Sysco Corp., J. Sainsbury, Bumble Bee Foods, Charoen Pokphand Foods, and the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance.

They are working not only to establish basic interoperability standards but also to produce industry-wide best practices for the quality of information and verification practices, according to WWF.

“This work is expected to wrap up in just over a year, but there is still time for additional companies and stakeholders to be a part of this process,” said David Schorr, senior manager on Transparent Seas, with WWF-US.

“Technology can create transparency throughout the seafood supply chain but only if systems can communicate and share information. The key is for the seafood industry to come together around a culture of transparency and data sharing, and to establish digital data sharing standards and practices,” said Schorr. “Fortunately, the seafood industry is actively engaged to make that possible, and business leaders are on the cusp of a breakthrough that will change the way the global seafood supply chain works.”

Source: Undercurrent News

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