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As consumers select fresh, prepared, and packaged groceries, some of the world’s most familiar brands are giving way to a growing preference for items that shoppers know to be from trusted sources, regardless of brand equity. Customers expect brand owners to not only know what is in each item; they expect the brand owner to know exactly when and where food ingredients originated.

As consumers select fresh, prepared, and packaged groceries, some of the world’s most familiar brands are giving way to a growing preference for items that shoppers know to be from trusted sources, regardless of brand equity. Customers expect brand owners to not only know what is in each item; they expect the brand owner to know exactly when and where food ingredients originated.

Read more: Brand Owners Require a Single, Industry-Wide View of Supply-Chain Data

Ever since the rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) began being published, the industry has questioned its linkage with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification. As such, a major question has been: “If I am certified to a GFSI scheme, does that mean I will also be compliant with the rules of FSMA?”

Ever since the rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) began being published, the industry has questioned its linkage with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification. As such, a major question has been: “If I am certified to a GFSI scheme, does that mean I will also be compliant with the rules of FSMA?” The short answer has long been: “You are likely close, but not necessarily completely compliant.” But now, certification to the newly released GFSI Benchmarking Requirements V7 should move food facilities even closer.

Read more: Does GFSI Certification Equate to FSMA Compliance?

It’s a period of great change, globally, for food safety in the food retail industry. Changing consumer demands, traceability advances, and the evolving regulatory environment have made food safety across the supply chain more complex than ever.  There is also an explosion in the availability of digital data on food safety.  The challenge is how to turn millions of data points into action and improvement.

It’s a period of great change, globally, for food safety in the food retail industry. Changing consumer demands, traceability advances, and the evolving regulatory environment have made food safety across the supply chain more complex than ever.  There is also an explosion in the availability of digital data on food safety.  The challenge is how to turn millions of data points into action and improvement.

Read more: Taking Action on Connected Data to Improve Food Safety

Imagine being one of the world’s top food producers focusing on health-driven “categories”: Early Life Nutrition, Medical Nutrition, Water, and Dairy… Imagine that most of your products are community-relevant, tailored to the local culture and expectations of the 130 countries they’re distributed in… Imagine that for some of your customers – babies, patients with a medical condition – the food you produce can constitute 100% of their diet for at least a week… That’s the case for Danone. And that’s why food safety is the very foundation of our mission.

Imagine being one of the world’s top food producers focusing on health-driven “categories”: Early Life Nutrition, Medical Nutrition, Water, and Dairy… Imagine that most of your products are community-relevant, tailored to the local culture and expectations of the 130 countries they’re distributed in… Imagine that for some of your customers – babies, patients with a medical condition – the food you produce can constitute 100% of their diet for at least a week… That’s the case for Danone. And that’s why food safety is the very foundation of our mission.

Read more: Same Goal, New Path: Managing Food Safety in an International but Locally Focused Company Like...

Following the Global Food Safety Conference, we sat down for a conversation with Tatiana Lorca and Tom Ford. Tatiana is the Sr. Manager of Food Safety Education and Training, for the Food and Beverage Division of Ecolab. Tom is the Vice President of Food Safety within the Global Retail Services Division, also of Ecolab. The two shared their thoughts on the current climate of food safety, and the challenges and opportunities the industry will face in the future.

Following the Global Food Safety Conference, we sat down for a conversation with Tatiana Lorca and Tom Ford. Tatiana is the Sr. Manager of Food Safety Education and Training, for the Food and Beverage Division of Ecolab. Tom is the Vice President of Food Safety within the Global Retail Services Division, also of Ecolab. The two shared their thoughts on the current climate of food safety, and the challenges and opportunities the industry will face in the future.

Read more: Tom and Tatiana on the Current State of the Food Safety Industry

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