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Uniform Code Council approves seafood UPC.

Uniform Code Council Approves SEafood UPC

The Randon Weight Seafood Universal Product Code (UPC) System developed by the National Fisheries Education and Research Foundation (NFERF) in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Ad Hoc Committee on Randon Measure Product Numbering received official approval from the Dayton, OH-based Uniform Code Council in August 1989. The UPC symbol is a type of bar code used by food retailers to identify grocery items and is the standard for the grocery industry. Until now a standardized system was not available to assign UPC bar codes to fish products sold on a variable weight price-per-pound basis. However, the new seafood UPC codes offer retailers the opportunity to scan random weight seafoods and track items more efficiently at the retail level. It also means that seafood packers can place a bar code, universal to all retailers, on random weight products which will fit into their customers coding systems.

A manual entitled, "Random Weight UPC Numbering System," is available to retail and seafood representatives. It contains 1,575 UPC's for seafood products sold by random weight and uses FDA accepted finfish market names for over 200 species of fish and shellfish. Arranged by three basic sections (finfish, shellfish and other seafoods), the manual is alphabetically by species. UPC's now appear on over 95 percent of the products in retail grocery stores. They streamline product identification and offer the simplest and most accurate, cost-effective approach for identifying products by use of optical scanners. For a copy of "Seafood Random Weight UPC Numbering System," send a $10 check or money order to: NFERF, 2000 M Street, N.W., Suite 580, Washington, D.C. 20036. (Quantity discounts are available.) (SOURCE: NFI Communications.)
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Title Annotation:Random Weight Seafood Universal Product Code System
Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
Date:Jan 1, 1990
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