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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
  • Chemicals in Food Safety
Chemicals in Food Safety

What is the Mandate?

The objective of this work is to ensure consumer protection through the application of sanitisers, disinfectants and cleaning agents from farm to fork, balancing risks and benefits of their use whilst facilitating the global trade of food.

Who are they?

Ove Jensen ARLA FOODS B.V.
Herve Lafforgue DANONE
Larry Kohl DELHAIZE AMERICA
Ad Jespers DIVERSEY B.V.
Ludger Grunwald ECOLAB
Victoria Landells FONTERRA
Kanagasooriyam Kanagachandran RENTOKIL INITIAL
Nina Zhelyaznik METRO AG
Hatice Bostan MONDELEZ
Walburga Seefelder NESTLE S.A.
Kaarin Goodburn THE CHILLED FOOD ASSOCIATION
Dan Anderson THE COCA COLA COMPANY
Jaime Vaca THE HERSHEY COMPANY
Catharina Lüdeke ZENTIS GMBH
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.
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
Food Safety Culture Working Group

Who are they?

Brian Bedard GMA SCIENCE AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Megh Bhandari BARRY CALLEBAUT
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