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Blog posts

  • Securing Safety Across the Supply Chain: Cow to Cart

    The dairy supply chain has become increasingly complex, thanks to a proliferation of new products and packaging options, as well as increasingly stringent regulatory requirements. Other challenges for those along the dairy supply chain include the need to keep dairy products cold from packaging to transport, and thin margins that make cost controls essential.

    The dairy supply chain has become increasingly complex, thanks to a proliferation of new products and packaging options, as well as increasingly stringent regulatory requirements. Other challenges for those along the dairy supply chain include the need to keep dairy products cold from packaging to transport, and thin margins that make cost controls essential.

  • SGS - Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) updates and how Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audits can help with compliance

    For the last of the seven proposed core regulations, the comment periods have ended. The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), have stated that they will be re-proposing parts of the Preventive Control rule, or producing supplementary proposals, for both the Human and Animal, Produce Safety and Foreign Supplier Verification programs. These amendments may be issued in September 2014, and are the result of issues raised during the comment period. Despite this, there is enough information in law and the seven core proposals for the industry to start acting, to ensure compliance.

  • SGS – Proud Sponsor, Exhibitor and Host at Global Food Safety Conference 2018

    SGS is pleased and proud to have been a sponsor, exhibitor and host at the 2018 Global Food Safety Conference in Tokyo. During the event, SGS hosted two presentations led by its industry experts.

    SGS is pleased and proud to have been a sponsor, exhibitor and host at the 2018 Global Food Safety Conference in Tokyo. During the event, SGS hosted two presentations led by its industry experts.

  • Shaping Food Safety Culture in Food Service – Challenges, Opportunities and Key Drivers

    Food-borne disease outbreaks are on the increase. Globally, thousands of people are affected every year, and 1 in 5 outbreaks implicate the food service industry.

    Food-borne disease outbreaks are on the increase. Globally, thousands of people are affected every year, and 1 in 5 outbreaks implicate the food service industry.

  • Shaping Food Safety Culture in Food Service – Challenges, Opportunities and Key Drivers

    More than 100 delegates joined speakers from the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotana Hotel Group and Taylor Shannon International at the SGS Special Session “Shaping Food Safety Culture in Food Service – Challenges, Opportunities and Key Drivers”, held at GFSI 2016 in Berlin.

    More than 100 delegates joined speakers from the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotana Hotel Group and Taylor Shannon International at the SGS Special Session “Shaping Food Safety Culture in Food Service – Challenges, Opportunities and Key Drivers”, held at GFSI 2016 in Berlin.

  • Small Companies in Asia Receive a Boost to Tackle Food Safety | FIA Reports

    Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) in Asia have welcomed a tailor-made tool designed by collaborative industry organisations to help SME suppliers and food manufacturers gain access to global supply chains.

    Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) in Asia have welcomed a tailor-made tool designed by collaborative industry organisations to help SME suppliers and food manufacturers gain access to global supply chains.

  • 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.

  • Solving Food Safety Across the Supply Chain – The Importance of Visibility and Collaboration

    The 2016 Global Food Safety Conference in Berlin provided great insight into the challenges and opportunities that are top-of-mind for food safety experts around the world. The importance of collaboration across the supply chain emerged as a key theme in many discussions.

    The 2016 Global Food Safety Conference in Berlin provided great insight into the challenges and opportunities that are top-of-mind for food safety experts around the world. The importance of collaboration across the supply chain emerged as a key theme in many discussions.

  • Supply Chain Management and an Evolving Food Industry

    With the rise of globalisation, social media, and an increasingly energised citizenry, the pressure on the food network to close the loop and offer clear and sustainable choices has never been greater.

    With the rise of globalisation, social media, and an increasingly energised citizenry, the pressure on the food network to close the loop and offer clear and sustainable choices has never been greater.

  • Supply Chain Management to Ensure Food Quality and Safety

    Today’s food and beverage producers must deliver to exact requirements and provide safe products of the highest quality. In an increasingly global and connected world, the emergence of new business models, such as Amazon Food and the offer of direct deliveries to consumers, is creating ever more complex supply chains for manufacturers.

    Today’s food and beverage producers must deliver to exact requirements and provide safe products of the highest quality. In an increasingly global and connected world, the emergence of new business models, such as Amazon Food and the offer of direct deliveries to consumers, is creating ever more complex supply chains for manufacturers. The number of steps between the raw ingredients and the consumer are increasing, creating new and more numerous challenges inside the production process for food and beverage manufacturers.

  • Supply Chain Risk Management: Understanding the Value of Traceability in the Supply Chain

    Supply chain management and risk control is a process that combines elements of prevention, mitigation and recovery. Different models have been developed to achieve and deliver this process. However, they are all based on the three basic principles/steps of risk management...

  • Supporting the GFSI Community through Sponsorship

    The Global Food Safety Conference (GFSC) and I go way back. For years I’ve watched it evolve along with the GFSI community and it’s a great honour to see what it has become. In 2001 the conference had just 180 attendees. Last year’s conference attracted over 1200!

    The Global Food Safety Conference (GFSC) and I go way back. For years I’ve watched it evolve along with the GFSI community and it’s a great honour to see what it has become. In 2001 the conference had just 180 attendees. Last year’s conference attracted over 1200!

  • Sustainable Water Management in the Food Industry

    The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals state that we shall ensure the availability of water and sustainable water management for all by 2030. The food industry can and should contribute to this.

    The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals state that we shall ensure the availability of water and sustainable water management for all by 2030. The food industry can and should contribute to this.

  • 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.