GFSI Food Broker & Agents Technical Working Group (Scope N)

Background and Objectives

The GFSI Food Broker/Agents Technical Working Group (TWG) forms one of the sector-specific Working Groups convened on a regular basis by GFSI to ensure that the requirements set out in the GFSI Guidance Document cover the entire food supply chain. The Food Broker/Agents TWG will execute the following mandate specified by the GFSI Board:
  • Review current best food safety practice in relation to Food Broker/Agents.
  • Define and develop the scope(s) of recognition in relation to Food Broker/Agents and the key elements that shall be in place for the recognition of food safety requirements for Food Broker/Agents by GFSI in the GFSI Guidance Document.
  • Review and define the competence of auditors required to be in place for schemes applying to the GFSI for recognition within the scope(s) of Food Broker/Agents.
  • Review and define the duration of audits in relation to the Food Broker/Agents scope(s) of recognition.
  • Provide technical recommendations and advice to the GFSI Board on issues relating to Food Broker/Agents in the food supply chain.
The ultimate objective of this Working Group is to define the fundamental key features that a food safety management scheme covering the scope or Food Broker/Agents should have in place in order to ensure confidence in sourcing from a company certified against that scheme.

Development and Structure

The key elements will be based on best practice found in existing food safety management schemes and will be developed for incorporation into the existing tables in Part III – Scheme Scope and Key Elements of the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition under Scope N Food Broker/Agents:

The Working Group

In GFSI’s continued efforts to improve transparency and our global reach across our Working Groups, we invited interested stakeholders with experience related to the Food Broker/Agents sector to apply to join this Working Group. The call for particiaption closed on the 24th January 2013, and WorkingGroup members were selected according to their experience, taking into account sector and geographical balance within the group wherever possible.

CHAIR
Ciaran Conway, Associate Director Global Quality Auditing, Mondelēz International, Germany

GFSI BOARD LIAISON
Peter Begg, Global Quality, Mondelēz International, USA

MEMBERS
Brent Brehmer, Corporate Manager, Regulatory Compliance and HACCP, Hormel Foods, USA
Kerry Bridges, Scheme Director, Azzule Systems, USA
Raul Fajardo, VP Global Quality Systems and Food Safety, McCain Foods Limited, USA
Suzanne Froelich, Food Safety and Quality Program Manager, Target Corporation, USA
George Gansner, Marketing & Business Development Director, IFS, USA
Jane Griffith, GFSI Technical Director, ASI Food Safety Consultants, USA
Derek Kirchner, Director Product Safety and Quality Assurance, HEB, USA
John Kukoly, BRC Americas Director, BRC Global Standards, Canada
Andrew Machon, Head of Quality Systems, Metro, Germany
John Reilly, Director, Quality Assurance, Daymon Worldwide, Inc., USA
Joachim Schulz, Technical Manager Food Services, DNV, Germany
Henk Jan Schuuring, Head of Quality and Compliance, Barentz B.V., The Netherlands
Margaret Stewart, R&D Principal Scientist, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay North America
Maria Tafur, Technical Sales Manager, CONFOCO INTERNATIONAL Ltd, UK
Peter Waddington, Quality Assurance Manager, Allied Foods, Ireland
Lynette Walsh, Quality Management, Calkins & Burke Ltd., Canada
Ming Hua Wang, Sr. Quality Specialist, ConAgra Foods, USA
Claude Wiss, Quality Audit and Verification Manager - Zone EUR, Nestlé, Switzerland

SUPPORTING CONSULTANT
Irene Beers, Project Manager, Supply Chain Information Management B.V., The Netherlands

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