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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.

Test Driving a Pilot Food Safety Training

Just last month, the China Local Group carried out a successful pilot training in collaboration with local government in Shanghai, in which 154 companies gained insights into GFSI’s capability building programme for manufacturing facilities. Read more.

Setting up a First-in-kind Discovery Tour

With several public-private partnerships under their belt, the Local Group continued their strides towards improved collaboration between industry and government with a first-of-its-kind discovery tour. Together with the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, the group organised a visit for two dozen retail and food service companies to better understand how their imported products are being checked and tested for food safety. Read more.

Developing and Translating Materials

Tirelessly developing and translating materials for Chinese operators is another thing the Local Group does. Over four months, a task force translated the entire Manufacturing toolkit for the Global Markets Programme into Chinese. The goal? Supporting food operations in developing markets with a step-by-step capability building programme in their language. This was also a key tool for the pilot training in April. Read more.

Reporting and Communicating

These exciting developments and many more are recapped in the China Local Group Progress Report, available for download in English and Chinese. Read more.

Knowledge-sharing and Networking

To join this dynamic movement for food safety in China, why not sign up for the upcoming GFSI Focus Day China 2017, taking place on July 19-20 in Beijing. Learn more.

Test Driving a Pilot Food Safety Training

GFSI China Training 7This two-day training aimed to equip attendees from local manufacturing operations with the knowledge to raise food safety capacity in their operations thanks to GFSI’s capability building programme.

In collaboration with the local government, the GFSI Local Group in China set up this pilot training in April for over 150 people. The Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (Shanghai CIQ) kindly hosted the training and provided lunch for the trainees and GFSI experts.

More than 92.4% of trainees expressed their satisfaction with this training, of which 73.1% said they were very satisfied and will be able to implement their learnings in their companies for the benefit of consumers.

This is an excellent example of the implementation support The Consumer Goods Forum and its Global Food safety Initiative continually strive to provide members. Food operations of all sizes across the supply chain can benefit from the tools and guidance crafted by GFSI’s work streams, no matter where in the world they operate.

新闻报道 News report and photos 

Setting up a First-in-kind Discovery Tour

In order to help retail and catering members gain a better understanding of how their products are being checked and tested when they import, the GFSI China Local Group arranged a discovery tour with the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone and Shanghai CIQ - the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.

Delegates from nineteen companies benefited from the tour, including Wal-Mart, Metro, Carrefour, Auchan, AEON, Vanguard, Tesco, Danone, Starbucks, Yum, Shanghai Disneyland and Shanghai Jiaotong University.

In a satisfaction survey, participants rated the event 4.75 out of 5 and expressed an interest for GFSI China to organize more such activities, including visits and awareness building on customs.

新闻报道 News report and photos 

Developing and Translating Materials

GFSI China Toolkit 3The China Local Group is proud to have finished its translation work on GFSI's Global Markets Programme for Manufacting operations.This work was done and reviewed directly by the groups Capability Building taskforce members, who dedicated time over four months on a volunteer basis.

Many thanks to all who have contributed towards this effort, which will further the implementation of the Global Markets Programme in China.

Making this toolkit available in Chinese is key to moving forward on the strategic partnership for food safety capability building formed by GFSI and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) last year.

Other training materials are also being crafted by the China Local Group this year and more updates will be made at the upcoming China Focus Day.

Reporting and Communicating

CFSI progress reportGFSI's China Local Group has put together a detailed Progress Report to update stakeholders on recent achievements, current strategic projects, the group's approach, the Task Force Group members and the China Local Group calendar with upcoming events, trainings and other activities. You can access the China Local Group Progress Report here and read it in English or Chinese. 


Knowledge-sharing and Networking


For the sixth year in a row, GFSI China will host a Focus Day, gathering over 350 food safety experts from China as well as internationally.

In what started as a meeting to address frequently asked questions about GFSI and how to leverage its programmes for food safety locally, the China Focus Day is now the first stop for industry experts as the demand for primary and processed goods from this region of the world has grown significantly over the past years.

To join this dynamic movement for food safety in China, why not sign up for the upcoming GFSI Focus Day China 2017, taking place on July 19-20 in Beijing. Learn more.



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