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Small Suppliers in Eastern Europe Take Advantage GFSI Global Markets Approach to Improve Food Safety and Market Access

A GFSI Global Markets project of Metro Group and ISACert involving over 450 suppliers from Bulgaria and Serbia has proven that there are efficient ways for boosting supplier compliance in food safety on a large scale. The project is a real success story...

A GFSI Global Markets project of Metro Group and ISACert involving over 450 suppliers from Bulgaria and Serbia has proven that there are efficient ways for boosting supplier compliance in food safety on a large scale. The project is a real success story having resulted in 93% of its Bulgarian and 96% of its Serbian private label suppliers achieving certification.

GFSI: “Safe food for consumers everywhere” - The food world’s biggest story of technical cooperation

If you were working in food safety in the ‘90s, you will remember a series of high-profile international food safety crises. Audit fatigue was prevalent within the industry as retailers and brand manufacturers audited factories against their own standards, developed in isolation and with no consideration of convergence. Fast forward to 2014... 

If you were working in food safety in the ‘90s, you will remember a series of high-profile international food safety crises. Audit fatigue was prevalent within the industry as retailers and brand manufacturers audited factories against their own standards, developed in isolation and with no consideration of convergence. Your professional contacts may have been limited to the people you worked with, your personal network may have stemmed from your university days. Fast forward to 2014 and you have your Linked-In groups, access to countless news feeds and your web browser will answer any question you can think of. You may also participate in the unique, neutral platform called the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Following 14 years of steady growth and achievement, it can rightly claim to be the biggest example of technical cooperation in one of the world’s biggest industries...

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  • Where Science Meets Industry: Practical Outcomes of GFSI's Working Group on Chemicals in Food Hygiene - 2019/06/18

    This week on the GFSI Experts Series, two members from the Technical Working Group on Chemicals in Food Hygiene explain the work that went into their two-volume report on the risks and benefits of disinfectants, sanitisers and cleaning agents in the food industry, available now in the GFSI Library.

    This week on the GFSI Experts Series, two members from the Technical Working Group on Chemicals in Food Hygiene explain the work that went into their two-volume report on the risks and benefits of disinfectants, sanitisers and cleaning agents in the food industry, available now in the GFSI Library.

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  • GFSI’s Voice at Codex: An Insider's Guide to the GFSI-CCFICS Partnership - 2019/06/11

    Fran Freeman chairs CCFICS, a Codex committee devoted to issues that arise when food crosses borders. She and Himanshu Gupta, a member of the GFSI Codex Committee, discuss the consensus-based approach of CCFICS and why it's so important for GFSI to have a voice within it.

    Fran Freeman chairs CCFICS, a Codex committee devoted to issues that arise when food crosses borders. She and Himanshu Gupta, a member of the GFSI Codex Committee, discuss the consensus-based approach of CCFICS and why it's so important for GFSI to have a voice within it.

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  • GFSI Releases Its New Auditor Knowledge Exam, Required from July 2019 - 2019/06/10

    GFSI is proud to announce that the new GFSI Knowledge Exam is now available to be taken. This tool offers a consistent method to assess auditor knowledge across a range of relevant skills for all GFSI-recognised programmes, ensuring a baseline of expertise amongst this important community.

    GFSI is proud to announce that the new GFSI Knowledge Exam is now available to be taken. This tool offers a consistent method to assess auditor knowledge across a range of relevant skills for all GFSI-recognised programmes, ensuring a baseline of expertise amongst this important community.

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  • Saraya Co., Ltd. – Passing on Japan's Food Value Chain Know-how to Africa - 2019/05/16

    In developing countries, establishing a strong food value chain (FVC) — from production to processing, distribution to consumption — contributes significantly to the growth of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and the food industry. Recognising this importance, Saraya Co., Ltd. cooperated on a subsidised project with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to develop African markets through the region’s food value chain.

    In developing countries, establishing a strong food value chain (FVC) — from production to processing, distribution to consumption — contributes significantly to the growth of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and the food industry. Recognising this importance, Saraya Co., Ltd. cooperated on a subsidised project with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to develop African markets through the region’s food value chain.

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  • Aiming for Borderless Food Safety: A Step-Up Food Safety Management System from Japan - 2019/05/02

    At the end of October 2018, GFSI recognised the certification programme “JFS-C (EIV sector)” from Japan Food Safety Management Association (JFSM). We asked Mr. Tokuji Nishitani, President, Mr. Tetsuro Ohba, Secretary General, Senior Director of Technical Affairs and Mr. Masakazu Nakatani, Senior Director of Strategic Promotion, about the process for recognition, the plans for future activities and ambitions.

    SAt the end of October 2018, GFSI recognised the certification programme “JFS-C (EIV sector)” from Japan Food Safety Management Association (JFSM). We asked Mr. Tokuji Nishitani, President, Mr. Tetsuro Ohba, Secretary General, Senior Director of Technical Affairs and Mr. Masakazu Nakatani, Senior Director of Strategic Promotion, about the process for recognition, the plans for future activities and ambitions.

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  • Importance of Managing Risk in Food Supply Chains - 2019/04/12

    SGS hosted a special session at the GFSI Conference 2019 in Nice, looking at safe food supply and risk mitigation in global supply chains. To introduce this session, SGS revealed the results of its 2018 survey into current food supply chain industry practices.

    SGS hosted a special session at the GFSI Conference 2019 in Nice, looking at safe food supply and risk mitigation in global supply chains. To introduce this session, SGS revealed the results of its 2018 survey into current food supply chain industry practices.

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