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  • Local Implementation and Global Harmonisation | The Japan GFSI Local Group

    GFSI Local Groups lead the local implementation of global strategy, with a vision to improve food safety for consumers no matter where in the world they live. As Chair of the GFSI Japan Local Group, I am honoured to head up this group of dedicated food industry experts. Further, I’m pleased to see how far we’ve come since our group was launched back in 2012 as the first GFSI Local Group.

    GFSI Local Groups lead the local implementation of global strategy, with a vision to improve food safety for consumers no matter where in the world they live. As Chair of the GFSI Japan Local Group, I am honoured to head up this group of dedicated food industry experts. Further, I’m pleased to see how far we’ve come since our group was launched back in 2012 as the first GFSI Local Group.

  • Managing Global Supply Chains under FSMA – Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies

    After long anticipation, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is finally here. The most sweeping reform of the US food safety system coincides with the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, with innovative automation technologies. The current trend is therefore shaping a food industry with less human intervention, regulated by compliance policies.

    After long anticipation, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is finally here. The most sweeping reform of the US food safety system coincides with the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, with innovative automation technologies. The current trend is therefore shaping a food industry with less human intervention, regulated by compliance policies.

  • Mis impresiones de IAFP Argentina y el importante impulso de la inocuidad en Latinoamérica

    Desde que me uní al Consumer Goods Forum en Latinoamérica hace menos de un año, me ha impresionado el entusiasmo que he presenciado en torno a la labor de GFSI por parte de un número cada vez mayor de interesados. 

    Desde que me uní al Consumer Goods Forum en Latinoamérica hace menos de un año, me ha impresionado el entusiasmo que he presenciado en torno a la labor de GFSI por parte de un número cada vez mayor de interesados. 

  • My Impressions from IAFP Argentina and the Exciting Momentum in Latin America

    Since joining the LatAm branch of The Consumer Goods Forum less than a year ago, I have been blown away by the enthusiasm I’ve witnessed around GFSI’s work from an ever-increasing number of stakeholders. From my vantage point here in the midst of so many partnerships spearheaded by GFSI in the region, I see potential for even more actors to join this vast global discussion.

    Since joining the LatAm branch of The Consumer Goods Forum less than a year ago, I have been blown away by the enthusiasm I’ve witnessed around GFSI’s work from an ever-increasing number of stakeholders. From my vantage point here in the midst of so many partnerships spearheaded by GFSI in the region, I see potential for even more actors to join this vast global discussion.

  • Open Lab: Creating a New Policy Proposal System Through Public-private Partnership

    After he spoke in the opening plenary at the GFSI Conference 2019, we interviewed Mr. Ikko Watanabe of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to gain further insights on “Open Lab”, which he presented as a public-private partnership framework that challenges the weaknesses of the conservative government agency.

    After he spoke in the opening plenary at the GFSI Conference 2019, we interviewed Mr. Ikko Watanabe of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to gain further insights on “Open Lab”, which he presented as a public-private partnership framework that challenges the weaknesses of the conservative government agency.

  • Participación del equipo GFSI Chile en la 2da Feria de Cultura de Inocuidad en la Región del Maule

    Gracias al apoyo de las empresas miembro de nuestro equipo de GFSI Chile, GFSI estuvo complacido en participar en la Feria de Cultura de Inocuidad de la Región del Maule en Chile, que tuvo su segunda edición el pasado 8 de noviembre. Esta participación es bajo el marco del Memorando de Entendimiento (MoU) que GFSI firmó recientemente con Achipia (Agencia Chilena para la Calidad y la Seguridad de los Alimentos).

    Gracias al apoyo de las empresas miembro de nuestro equipo de GFSI Chile, GFSI estuvo complacido en participar en la Feria de Cultura de Inocuidad de la Región del Maule en Chile, que tuvo su segunda edición el pasado 8 de noviembre. Esta participación es bajo el marco del Memorando de Entendimiento (MoU) que GFSI firmó recientemente con Achipia (Agencia Chilena para la Calidad y la Seguridad de los Alimentos).

  • Paving the Way for Global Food Safety

    Since helping the Global Markets Awards launch in 2017, Greenfence’s sponsorship has given many smaller companies unprecedented and unparalleled access to better food safety practices, networks and research, all with the goal of a stronger and safer food industry in mind. We’re incredibly happy to be back in this position for a third year.

    Since helping the Global Markets Awards launch in 2017, Greenfence’s sponsorship has given many smaller companies unprecedented and unparalleled access to better food safety practices, networks and research, all with the goal of a stronger and safer food industry in mind. We’re incredibly happy to be back in this position for a third year.

  • People Are Eating Differently Today

    We’re eating on the go. We’re ordering in. We’re demanding “fresh,” “organic,” “local,” “healthy” foods. We care how our foods are grown, processed and prepared. And we have a world of information at our fingertips informing and influencing our food choices.

    We’re eating on the go. We’re ordering in. We’re demanding “fresh,” “organic,” “local,” “healthy” foods. We care how our foods are grown, processed and prepared. And we have a world of information at our fingertips informing and influencing our food choices.

  • Pest Challenges Are Evolving Fast – But With Data and Insight We Have the Opportunity to Stay One Step Ahead

    It’s a question that’s being asked across all industries - are we truly going to be able to use data to solve emerging global challenges and find new, better and more efficient ways of doing things? I believe the answer is a definite ‘yes’. In the pest control industry for example, it’s abundantly clear to me that every day brings more data to enrich our insight and more opportunity to act decisively.

    It’s a question that’s being asked across all industries - are we truly going to be able to use data to solve emerging global challenges and find new, better and more efficient ways of doing things? I believe the answer is a definite ‘yes’. In the pest control industry for example, it’s abundantly clear to me that every day brings more data to enrich our insight and more opportunity to act decisively.

  • Practical Approaches and Solutions for Blockchain

    Blockchain technology continues to gain traction as a tool to engender consumer trust and transparency. The next steps in the blockchain journey, setting up governance and regulatory systems, raise some interesting questions: How do we make it fair, motivate organisations throughout the supply chain to participate, and protect privacy? 

    Blockchain technology continues to gain traction as a tool to engender consumer trust and transparency. The next steps in the blockchain journey, setting up governance and regulatory systems, raise some interesting questions: How do we make it fair, motivate organisations throughout the supply chain to participate, and protect privacy? 

  • Preparing for FSMA: Global implications, current status and where to find help

    Consumer confidence is a key driver of today’s global food system, and the expectations for food safety are high. It’s expected that everyone involved in producing, processing, transporting and selling food is doing everything they reasonably can to prevent problems and make food safe – and governments around the world are working to meet consumer expectations for food safety.

    Consumer confidence is a key driver of today’s global food system, and the expectations for food safety are high. It’s expected that everyone involved in producing, processing, transporting and selling food is doing everything they reasonably can to prevent problems and make food safe – and governments around the world are working to meet consumer expectations for food safety.

  • Proactive Food Safety: Three Strategies to Stay Ahead

    Consumer demand and food safety regulations are requiring food safety strategies that are increasingly proactive. For food manufacturers and retailers to meet the demand, they will need to address three critical areas: effective training, technology utilization and water management. As we kick off 2016, here is a look at how these three factors can be leveraged to impact and improve food safety.

    Consumer demand and food safety regulations are requiring food safety strategies that are increasingly proactive. For food manufacturers and retailers to meet the demand, they will need to address three critical areas: effective training, technology utilization and water management. As we kick off 2016, here is a look at how these three factors can be leveraged to impact and improve food safety.

  • Procedures versus Creativity? Rethinking Paradigms with GFSI Global Markets

    Alfa Argentina shares the learnings of their food safety journey, before and after winning a 2019 Global Markets Award. Javier Torres tells us about the obstacles met and how the Global Markets Programme helped to overcome them. One of those obstacles? A fear that following structured procedures might impede cherished creativity.

    Alfa Argentina shares the learnings of their food safety journey, before and after winning a 2019 Global Markets Award. Javier Torres tells us about the obstacles met and how the Global Markets Programme helped to overcome them. One of those obstacles? A fear that following structured procedures might impede cherished creativity.

  • Programa Global Markets de GFSI: El camino de una Agroindustria mexicana

    This blog post is the second of a series that will be published over the next few weeks. This series will allow you to get to know the 2018 GFSI Global Markets Awards winners from four countries across the globe (Mexico, Japan, Nigeria and Pakistan) and how their use of the GFSI Global Markets Programme helped them to improve their food safety management systems. This second contribution is by 2018 Mexican winner, Gabriel Barreda Ortega, of Asociaciones Agroindustriales Serranas S.A. de C.V.

    This blog post is the second of a series that will be published over the next few weeks. This series will allow you to get to know the 2018 GFSI Global Markets Awards winners from four countries across the globe (Mexico, Japan, Nigeria and Pakistan) and how their use of the GFSI Global Markets Programme helped them to improve their food safety management systems. This second contribution is by 2018 Mexican winner, Gabriel Barreda Ortega, of Asociaciones Agroindustriales Serranas S.A. de C.V.

  • Protecting Produce

    Food safety is in the news and contaminated produce has been a major culprit in 2018. The North American romaine lettuce recall just before the holidays left store shelves bare and consumers scrambling to modify their menus. The resulting financial losses were compounded by a loss of consumer confidence. Protecting the food chain demands insight, action and partnership. 

    Food safety is in the news and contaminated produce has been a major culprit in 2018. The North American romaine lettuce recall just before the holidays left store shelves bare and consumers scrambling to modify their menus. The resulting financial losses were compounded by a loss of consumer confidence. Protecting the food chain demands insight, action and partnership. 

  • Putting the C in Food Safety: Hershey’s Food Safety Culture Journey

    “At Hershey, it doesn’t matter if you work in an office or on the plant floor, we all own food safety,” Terry O’Day, Chief Supply Chain Officer.  This statement isn’t just something the leadership at The Hershey Company says, it’s something that they own and live.

    “At Hershey, it doesn’t matter if you work in an office or on the plant floor, we all own food safety,” Terry O’Day, Chief Supply Chain Officer.  This statement isn’t just something the leadership at The Hershey Company says, it’s something that they own and live.

  • Rishi Banerjee on Accelerating GFSI in the US and Canada

    With the US/Canada region being so critical, I am truly excited about the potential for growth. I’m looking forward to building on the existing relationships we have with stakeholders and forging new ones. As the new Senior Manager, I’m excited to be the go-to person for the region, improving on operational efficiency. 

    With the US/Canada region being so critical, I am truly excited about the potential for growth. I’m looking forward to building on the existing relationships we have with stakeholders and forging new ones. As the new Senior Manager, I’m excited to be the go-to person for the region, improving on operational efficiency. 

  • Sakamoto Kurozu - A 200-Year-Old Traditional Manufacturing Method Complies with FSMA

    We sat down for an interview with Sakamoto Kurozu, Inc. which promotes the sale of amber rice vinegar with traditional techniques that have lasted for 200 years. Sakamoto Kurozu, Inc. promotes sales to domestic and overseas markets namely the US, and we learned about their development in acquiring a GFSI-recognised certification.

    We sat down for an interview with Sakamoto Kurozu, Inc. which promotes the sale of amber rice vinegar with traditional techniques that have lasted for 200 years. Sakamoto Kurozu, Inc. promotes sales to domestic and overseas markets namely the US, and we learned about their development in acquiring a GFSI-recognised certification.

  • SDGs: How Pioneering Companies are Reshaping & Becoming Future-Fit

    Pioneering companies are finding that contributing to the SDGs is not only a responsibility but also a business opportunity.

    Pioneering companies are finding that contributing to the SDGs is not only a responsibility but also a business opportunity.