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GFSI Technical Working Groups (TWG) bring together volunteer food industry experts from around the world to work on a range of topics that have been prioritised by the GFSI Board. Each group has a specific mandate to deliver on within a defined time period. Their goal is to help GFSI pursue its key objectives by delivering credible solutions and insight into strategic food safety issues.

Who?

GFSI Technical Working Groups are parity based and are composed of technical experts from retailers, manufacturers, food service operators, service providers, certification programme owners, certification bodies, accreditation bodies, academia, and industry associations. Priority is given to candidates from CGF member companies.

How?

Calls for participation are made to all GFSI stakeholders when a new group is launched. Groups are only open to a limited number of applicants and selection criteria are defined based on the needs of each project. To receive announcements about new groups, please make sure you are following GFSI News, emailings, LinkedIn Group and Twitter feed.

Current Groups

  • GFSI Pre-Slaughter Handling Of Terrestrial Animals And Farmed Seafood
  • GFSI Services Provision
  • Hygienic Design
GFSI Pre-Slaughter Handling Of Terrestrial Animals And Farmed Seafood

The Group's Mandate

  • Produce a review of existing internationally-recognised guidelines and codes about terrestrial animals and farmed seafood handling and food safety.
  • Provide recommendations for additions and modifications to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements so that the topic is considered in GFSI-recognised standards and addressed during audits of farms and slaughtering facilities.
  • Length of mandate: 18 months

Who are they?

Cormac O'Sullivan
SGS SA
Jacobo Novoa
BUREAU VERITAS
Amanda Waite LAND O'LAKES INC.
Huangzhong Chen
NSF SHANGHAI CO., LTD.
Karin Hoelzer
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Janet Whaley
U.S. Department of Commerce
Patricia Schwarz-Borchardt
Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
Sara Steinlage
Elanco
Anne-Mette Olsen
DANISH AGRICULTURE & FOOD COUNCIL
Eloy Quiñones
METRO AG
Prathapachandra Shetty
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Randal Giroux CARGILL, INC.
Rodrigo Santibanez
MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH
GFSI Services Provision

The Group's Mandate

This group will work on Scope I - Provision of Food Safety Services, and will:

  • Provide detailed definitions of the scopes and services covered by it
  • Produce a review of existing certifications applicable to those services
  • Set Benchmarking Requirements for the key parameters for those specified services
  • Review the Benchmarking Requirements glossary in light of the new scope

Who are they?

Natsuko Fujiwara CXS CORPORATION
Nydia Orue CK Orlix SA de CV
Kristopher Middleton EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC INC
Paula Witner DOLE FRESH VEGETABLES, INC.
Tatiana Lorca ECOLAB, INC.
Ayako Okada BSI GROUP JAPAN K.K.
Richard Mallett HACCP EUROPE
Jeffrey Bruening ECOLAB, INC.
Bertrand Emond CAMPDEN BRI
Hildegard Niehaus CONTROL UNION CERTIFICATIONS
Mike Wood RENTOKIL INITIAL PLC
Nora Moudiyne-Schweninger ANSI
Debra Smith VIKAN (UK) LIMITED
John Reilly Daymon Worldwide Inc.
Hygienic Design

What is the Mandate?

The objective of this work is to develop hygienic design elements to the GFSI requirements under an extended scope K covering food processing equipment and food processing/handling facilities, with a from farm to fork approach. These will serve as general guidance to auditors for certification against the scope in various sectors: construction, equipment manufacturers.

Who are they?

Patrick Wouters Cargill
Edyta Margas Bühler AG
Rick Heiman Dairy Farmers of America
Hugo Piguet Nestlé
Yi Xu Tetra Pak Processing System
John Holah Holchem Laboratories Ltd Cleaning
Jonathan Hopkinson The Coca-Cola Company
Melanie Neumann Neumann Risk Services Matrix Sciences
Juliane Gonçalves Flavor Food Consulting
Joe Stout Commercial Food Sanitation
Adriaan van Deventer Hygienicon Consultancy
Corinna Begueria Fromageries Bel
Mark Morgan The University of Tennessee
Muhammad Shahbaz Mawarid Food Company
Anna Starobin Ecolab
Justyna Kostarczyk Metro
Zachary Becks Gray Architects and Engineers
Katie Satterthwaite Marks and Spencer
Izabela Palgan IFS

Recent Groups 

  • Chemicals in Food Hygiene 
  • Global Markets Programme Primary Production
  • Global Markets Programme Implementation
  • Food Safety Culture
  • GFSI Regional Outreach

Chemicals in Food Hygiene

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.
Daniel Ribera CARGILL
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
Stephanie Lemaitre BUREAU VERITAS
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 BRC GLOBAL STANDARDS
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
GFSI Regional Outreach

Who are they?

Yangying Xu THE CONSUMER GOODS FORUM
Karil L. Kochenderfer THE CONSUMER GOODS FORUM, USA
Timothy Ahn LLOYD'S REGISTER QUALITY ASSURANCE, INC.
Lorna Schneider TESCO STORES LTD
Jason Young OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
John Kukoly BRC GLOBAL STANDARDS
John Reilly DAYMON WORLDWIDE
Rosalind Zils LAND O'LAKES INC.
Kurt-Peter Raezke EUROFINS GERMANY
Hildegard Niehaus CONTROL UNION CERTIFICATIONS