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GFSI: “Safe food for consumers everywhere” - The food world’s biggest story of technical cooperation

If you were working in food safety in the ‘90s, you will remember a series of high-profile international food safety crises. Audit fatigue was prevalent within the industry as retailers and brand manufacturers audited factories against their own standards, developed in isolation and with no consideration of convergence. Fast forward to 2014... 

If you were working in food safety in the ‘90s, you will remember a series of high-profile international food safety crises. Audit fatigue was prevalent within the industry as retailers and brand manufacturers audited factories against their own standards, developed in isolation and with no consideration of convergence. Your professional contacts may have been limited to the people you worked with, your personal network may have stemmed from your university days. Fast forward to 2014 and you have your Linked-In groups, access to countless news feeds and your web browser will answer any question you can think of. You may also participate in the unique, neutral platform called the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Following 14 years of steady growth and achievement, it can rightly claim to be the biggest example of technical cooperation in one of the world’s biggest industries...

Pioneering the Global Harmonisation of Japan’s Domestic Food Industry | 2020 Olympics

For the eighth consecutive year, the GFSI Focus Day Japan has gathered hundreds of stakeholders from the food industry under one roof to take the pulse of the local food safety space and set the way forward. As they recently announced, the GFSI Japan Local Group are working toward an ambitious interim goal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in their pioneering efforts for the global harmonisation of Japan’s domestic food industries.

For the eighth consecutive year, the GFSI Focus Day Japan has gathered hundreds of stakeholders from the food industry under one roof to take the pulse of the local food safety space and set the way forward. As they recently announced, the GFSI Japan Local Group are working toward an ambitious interim goal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in their pioneering efforts for the global harmonisation of Japan’s domestic food industries.

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  • Call for Participation in GFSI Working Group | Hygienic Design of Food Facilities and Equipment - 2017/12/11

    As we move forward with the implementation of food safety programmes, we also need to give more scrutiny to hygienic design of both facilities and equipment for the entire food supply chain through the development of more specific and meaningful standards to ensure food safety. 

    Correct design of food handling and processing equipment as well as food manufacturing facilities is more important than ever before and is addressed in a general manner in most regulatory and industry food safety programmes. As we move forward with the implementation of food safety programmes, we also need to give more scrutiny to hygienic design of both facilities and equipment for the entire food supply chain through the development of more specific and meaningful standards to ensure food safety. 

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  • Collaboration, Culture and Capacity Building Will Take Centre Stage at GFSI’s Global Food Safety Conference 2018 - 2017/12/07

    Food safety, transparency, and traceability are top of mind these days for everyone; from the CEO of a food and beverage company all the way to the individual consumer. In this environment of consumer awareness and digital transformation, how can we ensure food safety for consumers everywhere? The Global Food Safety Initiative has made it their mandate to advance innovation and collaboration around this question, weaving it into the fabric of the 17th instance of our Global Food Safety Conference taking place in Tokyo from 5-8 March 2018.

    Food safety, transparency, and traceability are top of mind these days for everyone; from the CEO of a food and beverage company all the way to the individual consumer. In this environment of consumer awareness and digital transformation, how can we ensure food safety for consumers everywhere? The Global Food Safety Initiative has made it their mandate to advance innovation and collaboration around this question, weaving it into the fabric of the 17th instance of our Global Food Safety Conference taking place in Tokyo from 5-8 March 2018.

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  • GFSI Forms First-time Partnership with Argentinian Ministry of Agribusiness - 2017/11/20

    The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is pleased to announce the launch of a public-private partnership with the Argentinian Ministry of Agribusiness. The two entities have signed a Letter of Intent to work together on a national training programme based on GFSI’s Global Markets Programme, as well as collaboration on national food safety events. 

    The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is pleased to announce the launch of a public-private partnership with the Argentinian Ministry of Agribusiness. The two entities have signed a Letter of Intent to work together on a national training programme based on GFSI’s Global Markets Programme, as well as collaboration on national food safety events. 

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  • Building a Safer and More Progressive Food Industry Through Public-Private Partnerships - 2017/12/13

    As our food network becomes more globalized and interconnected, we have seen a shift towards greater transparency and integrity as consumers are awakened to issues of food safety and traceability. With this has come a recognition that we cannot build a safer and more efficient food supply chain without the support of local and national public partners.

    As our food network becomes more globalized and interconnected, we have seen a shift towards greater transparency and integrity as consumers are awakened to issues of food safety and traceability. With this has come a recognition that we cannot build a safer and more efficient food supply chain without the support of local and national public partners. Utilizing our collective resources, industry stakeholders and governments can work more effectively together to ensure that there are safeguards in place along the entire value chain, from origination to the end consumer.

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  • How the World’s Top Food Brands Drive Food Safety - 2017/11/30

    As 2017 draws to a close, our sights are set on Tokyo for the industry’s annual rendezvous for the advancement of food safety. The past few years have seen the world’s top food brands forge a bold path towards cultivating a global culture of food safety, providing leadership and expertise across the industry.

    As 2017 draws to a close, our sights are set on Tokyo for the industry’s annual rendezvous for the advancement of food safety. The past few years have seen the world’s top food brands forge a bold path towards cultivating a global culture of food safety, providing leadership and expertise across the industry.

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  • Why Collaboration is Critical to Food Safety for Retailers - 2017/11/13

    The food retail industry is experiencing extensive, exponential change. And all signs point to more changes to come. 

    The food retail industry is experiencing extensive, exponential change. And all signs point to more changes to come. Consumers are demanding fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They want artisanal products and exotic flavours. They want fresh food and food prepared on the premises. This consumer demand for diverse products and ingredients creates unique challenges for retailers.

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