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The work of GFSI would not have moved forward in the way that it has over the years without the dedication of GFSI Technical Working Group experts and the support of the companies they represent. 

The GFSI Technical Working Groups were reconstituted from the original Technical Committee, which was formed in September 2006 and is composed of retail, manufacturing and food service representatives, as well as international organisations, governments, academia and service providers to the global food industry. In February 2009, the GFSI Board decided to restructure the Technical Committee into Technical Working Groups that work together independently throughout the year, feeding back to the entire group at the main committee meeting.

In 2015, the GFSI Board established a new governance model and rules of procedure which requires that Technical Working Groups be parity based, that they serve time-sensitive and specific mandates and that they provide priority access to CGF member companies. For more details, please refer to the GFSI Governance Model and Rules of Procedure.

Calls for participation are systematically made to all GFSI stakeholders. To receive the Calls for Participation, please make sure you are following GFSI News, emailings, LinkedIn Group and Twitter feed.

What do they do?

  • These groups provide technical expertise and advice to the GFSI Board.
  • These groups work independently throughout the year on a range of topics decided by the Board.
  • They all come together 3 times a year to share knowledge and discuss their work. Between these face-to-face meetings, their own agenda is followed with conference calls and consultations.

Who are they?

  • The GFSI Technical Working Groups are composed of technical experts from retailers, manufacturers, food service operators, service providers, standard owners, certification bodies, accreditation bodies, industry associations.

How to join a GFSI Technical Working Group?

  • For each new group that is formed, the GFSI team sends an announcement to all stakeholders in our database (sign up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This announcement will call for the best suited experts and specialists in the domain to participate in this Technical Working Group. Once we have received their application and request to join a specific Working Group, this information is forwarded to the Group’s Board Liaison. Applications will be accepted or rejected depending on the current composition of the Working Group (wherever possible we try to keep a balance between sector and geographic representation).
  • Any applicants must be able to commit to attending at least 2 out of 3 physical meetings per year.

Current Technical Working Groups 

  • Global Markets Programme Primary Production
  • Global Markets Programme Implementation
  • Food Safety Culture
  • GFSI Regional Outreach
  • Auditor Competence
Auditor Competence Working Group

What is the aim?

The food chain is as strong as its weakest link. Effective delivery of food safety systems relies on the auditor and their competence. Since 2005, the GFSI stakeholder meeting has been held before the Global Food Safety Conference. The delegates are asked by the GFSI Board for their consideration of the following years priorities. Over several years, one of the top three items remained the same: Auditor Competence. The Group met for the first time in September 2010 with the following objectives:

  • To determine the role, tasks, and expectations of auditors
  • To define competencies (skills, knowledge and attributes) for each task
  • To recommend options by which they can be assessed and verified

What has the Working Group achieved?

In 2010, the above-mentioned Working Group was re-formed under the GFSI Auditor Competence Scheme Committee (ACSC), with parity stakeholder representation, and is now working in parallel on all four phases of the competency implementation project. They are:

  • Publication and further development of competencies
  • Examination of Knowledge Competencies
  • Assessment of Auditor Skills
  • Governance Structure for credentialing of auditors

The first edition of the GFSI Food Safety Auditor Competencies was published in 2013 for all interested stakeholders and covers auditors working in food manufacturing. Competencies for primary production, both agriculture and horticulture, have been prepared and are in review. A written examination for auditors and a template for skills assessment are in development.

Who are they?

Rebeca Perez AZZULE SYSTEMS
Mike Robach CARGILL
Mark Overland CARGILL
Cécile Gillard CARREFOUR
Gys Greeff COCA-COLA
Christophe Boulais DANONE
Skip Greenaway EAGLE REGISTRATIONS INC.
Faycal Bellatif EUROFINS CERTIFICATION
Bill McBride FOODLINK
Robert Readel FSSC 22000
Lisa Goché GLOBAL AQUACULTURE ALLIANCE
Andras Fekete GLOBALG.A.P.
Betsy Klein H-E-B GROCERY COMPANY
Stephan Tromp IFS
Sean MacCurtain ISO
Bizhan Pourkomailian MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS LTD
Albert Chambers MONACHUS CONSULTING
Peter Begg MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL
Robert Prevendar NSF INTERNATIONAL
Kim Onett SILLIKER GROUP CORP.
Leann Chuboff SQF INSTITUTE
Eva Lauve STEMILT GROWERS
Susan Linn SYSCO CORPORATION
Dave Cook THE KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY
Natalie Dyenson WALMART
Belinda Millard WOOLWORTHS LTD
Petro Zapata YUM! BRANDS
Food Service Working Group

Who are they?

Jeffrey Castillo BARILLA
Patrick Bele MERIEUX NUTRISCIENCES
Andrew Collins Campden BRI
Spencer Breidinger DOMINO'S PIZZA INTERNATIONAL
Thomas Ford ECOLAB
Jeffrey Lindholm iCertainty
John Carter METRO CASH & CARRY
Eloy Quiñones METRO CASH & CARRY
Vince Craig MTS UK
David Crownover National Restaurant Association
Muhammad Ihsanullah Qamar Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC
Evangelia Komitopoulou SGS
Mitch Gilgour SYSCO CORPORATION
Eunice Taylor TSI Quality Services (Food Safety Consultants)
Stephen Posey US FOODS
Gillian Kelleher WEGMANS FOOD MARKETS INC.
Global Markets Primary Revision Working Group

Who are they?

Morag Webb COLEACP PIP
Tatiana Lorca ECOLAB
Prathapachandra Shetty EMIRATES STAR FISHERIES
Peter Verbaas FSSC 22000
Elme Coetzer GLOBALG.A.P.
Carmen Knolle H-E-B
John Chapple HUNTER FOOD AND AGRICULTURE SERVICES
Yuriy Zvazhenko IFC
Veljko Eror ISACERT
Leon Sanchez Blanco METRO CASH & CARRY
Leslie Bourquin MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Andreas Scherrer MIGROS (JOWA AG)
Ciaran Conway MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL
Lien-Anh Tran NESTLE
David Gaidos PEPSICO
Stephen Whyte QADEX Limited
Thomas Neuhaus SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS GmbH
Steve Homer SMHprojects Limited
Quynh Tran TARGET
Ken Petersen USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service
Global Markets Implementation Working Group

Who are they?

John Figgins BRC
Roger Bont CARGILL
Stefano Crea DNV GL BUSINESS ASSURANCE
Luis Saucedo DQS Costa Rica
Sylvia Pfaff FIS EUROPE
Cor GROENVELD FOUNDATION FOR FOOD SAFETY
Ignacio ANTEGUERA GLOBAL G.A.P.
Nevin Rühle IFS MANAGEMENT GMBH
Mathieu Lamolle INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE
Kelvin Hawkins KELLOGG EUROPE TRADING LTD
Vladislava Zapryanova LUCRIMA B.V.
Nalinee Robinson MARS INC
Gregory Sommerville MCCORMICK GLOBAL INGREDIENTS LTD
Nikolaos Bessas METRO AG
Deepa Thiagarajan MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
William Weichelt NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSCIATION
Longhai Liu NEW HOPE LIUHE CO.
Luis Hernandez JUAREZ NESTLE 
Amy Thiery NSF INTERNATIONAL
Syed HASSAN PEPSICO, INC.
Werner Linders SEALED AIR
Melanie Neumann THE ACHESON GROUP, LLC
Ali BADARNEH UNIDO
Christopher Lomauro GENERAL MILLS, INC.
Regional Outreach Working Group

Who are they?

AGROLAB GROUP

John Kukoly BRC
Hildegard Niehaus Control Union Certifications
John Reilly DAYMON WORLDWIDE, INC.
Cornelie Glerum FSSC 22000
Diane Taillard GS1 GLOBAL OFFICE
Kurt-Peter Raezke AGROLAB GROUP 
Payton Pruett KROGER
Rosalind Zils LAND O LAKES INC.
Timothy Ahn LRQA
Jason Young ROBERT M KERR FOOD & AG PRODUCTS CENTER
Anita SCHOLTE OP REIMER ROYAL AHOLD
Catherine Francois SEALED AIR
Lorna Schneider TESCO STORES LTD
Yangying Xu THE CONSUMER GOODS FORUM
Food Safety Culture Working Group

Who are they?

Brian Bedard GMA Science and Education Foundation
Megh Bhandari MUCCI FARMS LTD.
Ray Bowe MUSGRAVE GROUP LTD.
David Brackston BRITISH RETAIL CONSORTIUM
Laurent Camberou AFNOR - ASSOCIATION FRANÇAISE DE NORMALISATION
John Carter DANONE
Leann Chuboff SQFI
Andrew Clarke SUBWAY
Bertrand Emond CAMPDEN BRI
Kathleen Ensley TACO BELL
Dan Fone NSF INTERNATIONAL
Joanna Gilbert FONTERRA
Charlean Gmunder MAPLE LEAF FOODS INC.
Rolando Gonzalez THE ACHESON GROUP
Megan Guilford THE HERSHEY COMPANY
Dave Harlan CARGILL, INCORPORATED
Tony W. Huang COFCO CORPORATION
Kentaro Ida SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
Lone Jespersen CULTIVATE
Fiona Kibby TESCO
Michael Liewen PEPSICO, INC.
Ellen Lopes FOOD DESIGN CONSULTANTS
Paola López SIGMA ALIMENTOS
Pieternel Luning WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Jeff Miller MARS INC.
Sara Mortimore LAND O'LAKES INC.
Ingo Mücke BAHLSEN GMBH & CO. KG
Laura Nelson ALCHEMY SYSTEMS
Steve Parker MONDELEZ
Bizhan Pourkomailian MCDONALDS
Fons Schmid FOUNDATION FOR FOOD SAFETY SYSTEM CERTIFICATION 22000
Laurel Stoltzner OSI INDUSTRIES, LLC
Linda Wesolowski NESTLE
Bob Whitaker PMA

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