Guidance for Encoding Attribute Data in EPC/RFID Tags

A GS1 US Guideline for the Food Industry for Capturing Electronic Product Code™ Extended Attributes

Effectively tracking food products at the carton and case-level helps ensure food safety, recall readiness, and supply chain visibility. Electronic Product Code/Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID) technology does more than just encode the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) and Serial Number. This guidance document will help you understand how to capture extended attribute data within the EPC/RFID data carrier. Guidance was developed by the GS1 US EPC Extended Attributes Workgroup and applies to stakeholders in the Retail Grocery and Foodservice industries using GS1 Standards and the RFID technology.

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The use case presented in this document could be applicable to the proposed requirements for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Rule for Additional Traceability for certain foods. Additional resources that will complement this guideline are presently under development and will be added to this page. To receive this document in your inbox and for more traceability resources like this one, sign up to receive our monthly Industry Updates newsletter.