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  • Tackling Food Fraud Through Food Safety Management Systems

    The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) first published a position paper in 2014 in which the GFSI Board recognised “the importance of food fraud mitigation and the urgency to start performing food fraud vulnerability assessments and implementing associated control plans.”

    The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) first published a position paper in 2014 in which the GFSI Board recognised “the importance of food fraud mitigation and the urgency to start performing food fraud vulnerability assessments and implementing associated control plans.”

  • Taking Action on Connected Data to Improve Food Safety

    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.

  • Talking to FDA: See you in Costa Mesa, Rutherford and Detroit!

    As food safety professionals and scientists, we often are preoccupied checking equipment, reviewing lab stats and talking to suppliers and staff, and fail to share both our stories and successes. The same is true on an industry level with GFSI in Washington, D.C...

    As food safety professionals and scientists, we often are preoccupied checking equipment, reviewing lab stats and talking to suppliers and staff, and fail to share both our stories and successes. The same is true on an industry level with GFSI in Washington, D.C. and state capitals where casual reference to GFSI in the marketplace often triggers a blank stare among government regulators and legislators, who are similarly talking to one another in their own silo-ed conversations. But, that’s changing.

  • Technologies to Advance Food Safety to the 21st Century

    Quality assurance managers everywhere will agree that there is just simply too much paper to manage in the food processing and preparation operations making operations inefficient and resulting in costly mistakes. How can this situation be improved?

    Quality assurance managers everywhere will agree that there is just simply too much paper to manage in the food processing and preparation operations making operations inefficient and resulting in costly mistakes. Temperature logs, traceability information, daily checklists, cleaning schedules, training- all still mostly recorded with pencil and the clipboard. Even when modern technology advances have revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives, one of the most important and vital aspects, monitoring and ensuring the safety of food we consume has not advanced beyond paper and pencil, thus making it error prone and inefficient.

  • Technology, Innovation, and the Future of Food: What’s in Store?

    Earlier this month, the Transparency-One team attended the Global Food Safety Conference 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Beyond the conference’s plethora of learning and networking opportunities, the event posed an important question: what is in store for the future of the food industry?

    Earlier this month, the Transparency-One team attended the Global Food Safety Conference 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Beyond the conference’s plethora of learning and networking opportunities, the event posed an important question: what is in store for the future of the food industry?

  • The 2017 Global Food Safety Conference – Everything is Bigger (and Better) in Texas!

    The 2017 GFSC Committee is busy working to develop an outstanding program that leverages the successes of our past conferences and incorporates the feedback that many of the attendees have provided, all while looking to the future of how the Global Food Safety Initiative will continue to drive the vision of “Safe Food for Consumers Everywhere.”

    The 2017 GFSC Committee is busy working to develop an outstanding program that leverages the successes of our past conferences and incorporates the feedback that many of the attendees have provided, all while looking to the future of how the Global Food Safety Initiative will continue to drive the vision of “Safe Food for Consumers Everywhere.”

  • The Future of Clean Has Arrived

    Cleanliness drives food safety. Yet the way the food and beverage industry approaches cleanliness feels more like an outdated station wagon than a sleek and modern Tesla. Did you know that one in six people suffers from food poisoning in the U.S. each year?

    Cleanliness drives food safety. Yet the way the food and beverage industry approaches cleanliness feels more like an outdated station wagon than a sleek and modern Tesla. Did you know that one in six people suffers from food poisoning in the U.S. each year? The primary cause of food poisoning, which results in lost productivity and profits, is a lack of hand hygiene.

  • The Harmonization and Recognition of Global Methods: Dream Becomes Reality

    Say you produce product in Latin America and you export to Europe and the USA. What methods should be used to test your product to meet requirements – both within the country of origin, and to meet requirements for the country of import? How many methods must be used? BOTH the standard method of the country of origin - AND the standard method of the importing country?

    Say you produce product in Latin America and you export to Europe and the USA. What methods should be used to test your product to meet requirements – both within the country of origin, and to meet requirements for the country of import? How many methods must be used? BOTH the standard method of the country of origin - AND the standard method of the importing country?

  • The Importance of GFSI at Mondelēz International

    Trust – It’s critical to our success as a global food products manufacturer. One of the expectations of that trust from our customers and consumers is that our products are safe to eat. No matter where in the world our consumers live, we want them to consume our products with the knowledge that every day we’re providing a safe and delicious product for their enjoyment.

    Trust – It’s critical to our success as a global food products manufacturer. One of the expectations of that trust from our customers and consumers is that our products are safe to eat. We’ve translated this expectation at Mondelēz International to mean implementation of globally consistent food safety programs that not only meet – but also exceed -- regulatory requirements. No matter where in the world our consumers live, we want them to consume our products with the knowledge that every day we’re providing a safe and delicious product for their enjoyment.

  • The Path to Safer Food and Market Access: Scalable Food Safety Solution Delivers Results in Thailand and Viet Nam

    Getting fruits and vegetables to meet international food safety standards was the missing link for small-scale producers, processors and traders in Thailand and Viet Nam to access higher-value retail and export markets. The starting point? Using the structured, step-by-step approach at the heart of the GFSI Global Markets Programme.

    Getting fruits and vegetables to meet international food safety standards was the missing link for small-scale producers, processors and traders in Thailand and Viet Nam to access higher-value retail and export markets. The starting point? Using the structured, step-by-step approach at the heart of the GFSI Global Markets Programme.

  • The United States: If Prevention is the Main Attraction, is Industry the Ringleader? | 3M @ GFSC 2015

    It’s been more than four years since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, and it continues to be a significant source of anticipation for the U.S. Food Industry. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to refers to FSMA as the most sweeping change to the Code of Federal Regulations governing the food industry in over 70 years.

  • Thinking Big (Data)

    Big data is on everyone’s lips and corporate agendas these days. It is the next big thing that can change the playing field in many industries, with the potential to drastically improve efficiency, ways of approaching the market and stakeholders, and to manage an increasingly complex risk picture.

    Big data is on everyone’s lips and corporate agendas these days. It is the next big thing that can change the playing field in many industries, with the potential to drastically improve efficiency, ways of approaching the market and stakeholders, and to manage an increasingly complex risk picture.

  • Three Reasons I'm Excited About GFSI in North America

    There are thousands of voices speaking up about GFSI in North America as new food safety reforms take place in the United States and Canada. I am just one, lone voice. Yet, I am privileged to represent GFSI formally in North America and I am excited about what I hear and see. Why?

    There are thousands of voices speaking up about GFSI in North America as new food safety reforms take place in the United States and Canada. I am just one, lone voice. Yet, I am privileged to represent GFSI formally in North America and I am excited about what I hear and see. Why?

  • Tom and Tatiana on the Current State of the Food Safety Industry

    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.

  • Top 5 Blog Posts from 2017

    Throughout the year, we like to share great stories and insights from food safety leaders. We’ve rounded up some of our most popular blog posts from 2017. Have you read them all?

    Throughout the year, we like to share great stories and insights from food safety leaders. We’ve rounded up some of our most popular blog posts from 2017. Have you read them all?

  • What Does It Mean to be GFSI Certified in a FSMA Environment?

    The question is not new: "I am GFSI certified, so does that mean I am FSMA compliant?" It's a question with which industry has been wrestling since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in 2011.

    The question is not new: "I am GFSI certified, so does that mean I am FSMA compliant?" It's a question with which industry has been wrestling since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in 2011.

  • What marks the food sector’s sustainability leaders?

    The Food and Beverage sector faces overwhelming challenges. It needs to produce more food for a growing population while using less water, with less land to cultivate and serviced by a dwindling agricultural workforce. And if this is not enough, producers need to respond to more extreme weather events, loss of soils and compromised nutrient flows.

  • Why Collaboration is Critical to Food Safety for Retailers

    The food retail industry is experiencing extensive, exponential change. And all signs point to more changes to come. 

    The food retail industry is experiencing extensive, exponential change. And all signs point to more changes to come. Consumers are demanding fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They want artisanal products and exotic flavours. They want fresh food and food prepared on the premises. This consumer demand for diverse products and ingredients creates unique challenges for retailers.

  • World Accreditation Day 2018

    How accreditation delivers a safer world is the core theme of this year’s World Accreditation Day, celebrated on 9th June. 

    How accreditation delivers a safer world is the core theme of this year’s World Accreditation Day, celebrated on 9th June. 

  • アメと鞭:ブロックチェーンプラットフォームエコシステム

    グリーンフェンスのミッチ・チェットCEOに代わり、東京で開催されたGFSI 世界食品安全会議 2018でのセッションに参加してくださった皆様、また話をする機会をいただいた皆様に感謝します!皆様のご要望にお応えして、この食品産業におけるブロックチェーンの課題と潜在的可能性についてお話しします。

    グリーンフェンスのミッチ・チェットCEOに代わり、東京で開催されたGFSI 世界食品安全会議 2018でのセッションに参加してくださった皆様、また話をする機会をいただいた皆様に感謝します!皆様のご要望にお応えして、この食品産業におけるブロックチェーンの課題と潜在的可能性についてお話しします。