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2000

Launch of GFSI in May

2001

1st Draft Benchmarking Requirements published in August

2001

1st International Food Safety Conference held in September in Geneva, Switzerland

2003

Results of the 1st round of benchmarking published in January (EFSIS, BRC, IFS, Dutch HACCP)

2003

Albert Heijn announces acceptance of any of the four recognised standards

2005

The GFSI Foundation created under Belgian law and the Advisory Group becomes its Board (consisting of Tesco, Wal-Mart, Metro, Carrefour, Migros, Royal Ahold, Loblaw and Delhaize)

2006

Task Force disbanded and 1st Technical Committee formed in September

2007

“GFSI Breakthrough”: 7 major retailers (Tesco, Wal-Mart, Metro, Carrefour, Migros, Royal Ahold and Delhaize) announced acceptance of the GFSI benchmarked food safety certification programmes

2008

1st roadshow in Tokyo and China in April

2008

Work begins on requirements for small suppliers – the GFSI Global Markets Programme

2009

The Technical Committee restructured into Technical Working Groups in February

2010

International Food Safety Conference renamed to Global Food Safety Conference and is held for the 1st time in North America in Washington, D.C., USA

2011

GFSI's Benchmarking Requirements 6th Edition released – new modular format allowing for clear coverage of whole supply chain

2011

GFSI Global Markets Programme Launched for Manufacturing

2012

1st GFSI Local Group launched in Japan in January

2012

GFSI Global Markets Programme Launched for Primary Production

2014

1st survey “GFSI Efficacy Study” conducted to evaluate GFSI’s impact on food business operations

2015

The Global Food Safety Conference goes to Asia for the first time

2016

GFSI leads a growing public/private dialogue, launching the G2G and G2B meetings at GFSC 2016

2017

A new record for the Global Food Safety Conference as 1,200 delegates from 56 countries come together for the 16th edition