Sharing label information with third parties
An increasing number of parties are interested in using GS1 Data Source label information. GS1 is willing to respond to this demand for more widely avalable data beyond retail only, in order to supply product data to consumers, among others. Our terms and conditions have been adapted in order to facilitate this.
How does it work?
- GS1 can make label information published to GS1 Netherlands (data quality checker) available to third parties using a new direct link. Data does not need to be published to them directly.
- Specific conditions apply for the use of data; for keeping data up-to-date among others. This ensures that data is not shared with third parties.
- A single system now allows suppliers to supply both clients and third parties with product data. They can arrange for the reliability of data themselves.
- Data owners may decide to exclude parties from using data via GS1 Data Link.
Which parties have joined?
Voedingscentrum, RIVM, FoodSciffer, Questionmark, Max Havelaar and Zupr use data from GS1 Data Source
We would like to briefly describe the objectives these parties use the data for:
Data for the Voedingscentrum app
The Voedingscentrum offers the ‘Is my choice healthy?-app’. This app offers user-friendly and customer-targeted information on nutritional values and composition of foods being marketed by Dutch data suppliers. GS1 data will be used by Voedingscentrum in consumer information covering food using the foods data bank and their food app.
Gerda Feunekes, Voedingscentrum director: “We choose GS1 because most foods label information sold in Dutch supermarkets is listed in GS1 Data Source. Additionally, the data pool represents an industry-wide accepted and widely used solution for sending and receiving product information.”
Data for RIVM research
The State institute for Public Health and Environment (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, RIVM) protects and promotes the public’s health and the living environment’s quality. RIVM is a knowledge institute acting as an independent advisor to the providing the authorities with science-based knowledge in the area of health and the environment. The Food, Prevention and Care centre is part of the RIVM and provides knowledge on themes such as the relationships between food, lifestyle and health.
This centre is using label information from GS1 Data Source for research and policy support in areas such as foods and supplements composition, food consumption, food safety, health and sustainability. These activities may be commissioned by the Dutch government. Examples of products and research include the Food Consumption Survey (VCP), the Reformulation Monitor (HFM), the Dutch Foods Table (NEVO), the Dutch Supplements Table (NES) and research into serving sizes.
As part of the research goals the following activities involving label information may be performed: combining label information with data from other sources, aggregation of label data in order to reach conclusions on product groups, use in online and hard copy questionnaires, use in apps, publishing of results in reports and online such as NEVO-online.
Data for FoodSciffer app
FoodSciffer is an (international) platform for people suffering from a food allergy or intolerance. The FoodSciffer app enables them to scan a product and decide if a product suits them or to find those that do. They also provide suitable recipes including nutritional values and the possibility to compose products (shopping) lists.
Data for Questionmark
Questionmark is using data for advice on health and food sustainability. Questionmark performs independent research into sustainability and health of consumer products for businesses and consumers. They collect data from various sources; retailers or webshops, from digital data bases and from packaging as well. GS1 Data Source is one of those sources. Questionmark checks and compares this data and improves it using universities’ research, the Gezondheidsraad en Voedingscentrum.
Data for Max Havelaar
Max Havelaar Foundation is involved in the marketing, expanding and checking of the Fairtrade quality mark (also known as the Max Havelaar quality mark in the Netherlands). The foundation is part of a large international Fairtrade movement. Together they aim to convince both businesses and consumers of the importance of fair trade and that they can actually and easily contribute through the use of the quality mark. Max Havelaar is using the data to reduce the administrative burden on Fairtrade partners by synchronising product data from GS1 data Source with the Fairtrade product data base.
Data for Zupr
Zupr charts which products are available in physical stores in order to show consumers where in their neighbourhood products are for sale.
To this end, Zupr exploits an online platform that physical retailers may use to communicate which products they sell at their shop location(s). The retailer do not need to supply digital product data themselves as they are supplied by GS1 Data Source.
Data for IPV Data
IPV Data carries out more than 3.5 million price measurements daily at supermarkets, drugstores, perfume stores, DIY stores and pet shops. They use the data from GS1 Data Source to correctly display product information.
Data for VBZ
De Vereniging voor de Bakkerij- en Zoetwarenindustrie (VBZ) uses label information to measure the progress of member efforts. They focus primarily on the fields related to portion labeling and size.
Data for app Sitio IT
Sitio IT uses label information for the EcoScan app they manage. This app makes it easy for people to contribute to a better environment by helping to sort waste. This is done through photo and barcode recognition. Sitio IT uses the data to check that the barcodes of products are correct. Furthermore, they will show the product name to users and when available also a picture of the product.
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