The use of technology to give dairy farmers a clearer view of transactions in the value chain got a boost on September 7 with the launch of a guide for traceability in the supply chain.
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Clear pathway: The guidelines provide a common approach for the Australian dairy industry to identify and track product as it moves through the supply chain.

At the the eighth meeting of the National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group, Senator Susan McDonald officially released the Australian Dairy Traceability Guideline.

GS1 Australia and Australian Dairy Farmers said they welcomed the announcement.

“Trust is the foundation on which supply chain participants — from farm to shopping basket — rely,” he said.

“Traceability underpins trust. It enables us to provide assurances about what we produce, process and sell.”[

The traceability standards in the guideline provide a common approach for the Australian dairy industry to identify and track product as it moves through the supply chain, capturing and sharing information of relevance to producers, transporters, manufacturers, retailers, exporters and government.

“Openly sharing information also helps industry to protect our clean, green and safe food image and, importantly, reduce our costs to compete more aggressively in local and global markets,” Mr Richardson said.

“Without open, transparent and secure information systems in our value chain, Australia’s dairy farmers, processors and exporters will be competing on world markets with one arm behind their back.”

Mr Richardson said the common language for traceability in the guideline would improve communication across industry.

“It puts everyone on the same page and in doing so it increases efficiency across the value chain.

“It will help everyone in the sector implement traceability and improve safety and market access.”

The traceability guideline has been developed based on specialist technical advice from GS1 Australia, as well as a series of industry supply chain workshops and validation with a global food company.

Last month, 14 of our dairy farms in Maine, as well as dozens of dairy farms across northern New England, got an unexpected and disappointing notice from Danone of North America saying that they were discontinuing their contracts with our organic dairy farmers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and elsewhere.

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