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Failures within complex supply chains are a huge risk to food safety – could new technology be the answer?

Historically, food safety agendas mainly focused upon assessing and managing risk within the primary processing and manufacturing unit. We now realise that supply chains are, in reality, an aggregation of multiple chains derived from the numerous components which make up the products. Any failure anywhere within these chains can result in major incidents. Is this where new and emerging connected technologies can really start to help?

Historically, food safety agendas mainly focused upon assessing and managing risk within the primary processing and manufacturing unit. We now realise that supply chains are, in reality, an aggregation of multiple chains derived from the numerous components which make up the products. Any failure anywhere within these chains can result in major incidents. Is this where new and emerging connected technologies can really start to help?

Technologies to Advance Food Safety to the 21st Century

Quality assurance managers everywhere will agree that there is just simply too much paper to manage in the food processing and preparation operations making operations inefficient and resulting in costly mistakes. How can this situation be improved?

Quality assurance managers everywhere will agree that there is just simply too much paper to manage in the food processing and preparation operations making operations inefficient and resulting in costly mistakes. Temperature logs, traceability information, daily checklists, cleaning schedules, training- all still mostly recorded with pencil and the clipboard. Even when modern technology advances have revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives, one of the most important and vital aspects, monitoring and ensuring the safety of food we consume has not advanced beyond paper and pencil, thus making it error prone and inefficient.

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  • Crafting Your Experience at the 2018 Global Food Safety Conference - 2017/06/28

    This week, 20 experts from around the world have assembled in Paris for a stimulating two-day think-in. Their task? Constructing the programme for the food industry’s annual rendez-vous – the Global Food Safety Conference. This is the first Programme Committee meeting of many taking place over the coming months as they strive to make the 2018 conference the best one yet. And the bar is set high for this 17th edition to meet – and surpass – delegates’ expectations while driving the global food safety agenda even further

    This week, 20 experts from around the world have assembled in Paris for a stimulating two-day think-in. Their task? Constructing the programme for the food industry’s annual rendez-vous – the Global Food Safety Conference. This is the first Programme Committee meeting of many taking place over the coming months as they strive to make the 2018 conference the best one yet. And the bar is set high for this 17th edition to meet – and surpass – delegates’ expectations while driving the global food safety agenda even further

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  • Danny Wegman on the Upswing of GFSI, Benefits for Large and Small Companies, and Even Governments - 2017/06/22

    The CEO of US retail giant Wegmans Food Markets, spoke today at the CGF Global Summit on how GFSI is providing local solutions for a global food supply. He praised the work of the industry-led Global Food Safety Initiative, pointing to the benefits for large and small companies, and ultimately, consumers. Even governments, he explained, are collaborating more and more with GFSI to adopt and leverage industry best practice.

    The CEO of US retail giant Wegmans Food Markets, spoke today at the CGF Global Summit on how GFSI is providing local solutions for a global food supply. He praised the work of the industry-led Global Food Safety Initiative, pointing to the benefits for large and small companies, and ultimately, consumers. Even governments, he explained, are collaborating more and more with GFSI to adopt and leverage industry best practice.

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  • GFSI Making Great Strides in China - 2017/06/09

    There is one thing that GFSI’s Local Group in China has done continually since it was founded in 2013 – and that’s growing. More than 40 companies have joined the China Food Safety Initiative (CFSI) to advance food safety in China and implement global food safety strategy and a local level. Today, over 160 industry experts...

    There is one thing that GFSI’s Local Group in China has done continually since it was founded in 2013 – and that’s growing. More than 40 companies have joined the China Food Safety Initiative (CFSI) to advance food safety in China and implement global food safety strategy and a local level. Today, over 160 industry experts actively participate in CFSI across its six different work streams and the group has more exciting developments than ever.

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  • The Path to Safer Food and Market Access: Scalable Food Safety Solution Delivers Results in Thailand and Viet Nam - 2017/07/11

    Getting fruits and vegetables to meet international food safety standards was the missing link for small-scale producers, processors and traders in Thailand and Viet Nam to access higher-value retail and export markets. The starting point? Using the structured, step-by-step approach at the heart of the GFSI Global Markets Programme.

    Getting fruits and vegetables to meet international food safety standards was the missing link for small-scale producers, processors and traders in Thailand and Viet Nam to access higher-value retail and export markets. The starting point? Using the structured, step-by-step approach at the heart of the GFSI Global Markets Programme.

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  • Food Safety, Environmental Monitoring Gaining Steam in the Asia-Pacific Region - 2017/06/28

    The 2018 Global Food Safety Conference will be held in Tokyo, and it is perfect timing as the Asia-Pacific region has begun to meet demand for increased global emphasis on food safety. Seeking to improve preventative measures, members of the region’s food industry are establishing sound environmental monitoring and control programs.

    The 2018 Global Food Safety Conference will be held in Tokyo, and it is perfect timing as the Asia-Pacific region has begun to meet demand for increased global emphasis on food safety. Seeking to improve preventative measures, members of the region’s food industry are establishing sound environmental monitoring and control programs.

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  • Same Goal, New Path: Managing Food Safety in an International but Locally Focused Company Like Danone - 2017/06/19

    Imagine being one of the world’s top food producers focusing on health-driven “categories”: Early Life Nutrition, Medical Nutrition, Water, and Dairy… Imagine that most of your products are community-relevant, tailored to the local culture and expectations of the 130 countries they’re distributed in… Imagine that for some of your customers – babies, patients with a medical condition – the food you produce can constitute 100% of their diet for at least a week… 

    Imagine being one of the world’s top food producers focusing on health-driven “categories”: Early Life Nutrition, Medical Nutrition, Water, and Dairy… Imagine that most of your products are community-relevant, tailored to the local culture and expectations of the 130 countries they’re distributed in… Imagine that for some of your customers – babies, patients with a medical condition – the food you produce can constitute 100% of their diet for at least a week… 

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