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  • The GFSI Chile Team Participates in the 2nd Food Safety Culture Fair

    Thanks to the support of member companies of our GFSI Chile team, GFSI was pleased to participate in the Food Safety Culture Fair, which held its second edition in the Chile's Maule Region. This participation is under the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that GFSI recently signed with Achipia (Chilean Agency for Food Quality and Safety).

    Thanks to the support of member companies of our GFSI Chile team, GFSI was pleased to participate in the Food Safety Culture Fair, which held its second edition in the Chile's Maule Region. This participation is under the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that GFSI recently signed with Achipia (Chilean Agency for Food Quality and Safety).

  • 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 Shift of Trust From Brands to Products

    We have long talked about how stakeholders, and increasingly consumers, are demanding more sustainable operations and products from companies. Often such public demands have been targeting specific and in particular big brands. Consumer loyalty is often connected to these same big brands, and in the past we, as consumers, were loyal to brands whose products we purchase, today we tend to identify more with products than with brands. 

    We have long talked about how stakeholders, and increasingly consumers, are demanding more sustainable operations and products from companies. Often such public demands have been targeting specific and in particular big brands. Consumer loyalty is often connected to these same big brands, and in the past we, as consumers, were loyal to brands whose products we purchase, today we tend to identify more with products than with brands. 

  • 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.

  • The World Bank Publishes a Pathway to Food Safety in Developing Markets

    The issue of food safety in developing markets is attracting increasing attention at GFSI and other organisations that concern themselves with the well-being of consumers, and for good reason — unsafe food costs low- and middle-income countries about $110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year. In order to reduce this colossal loss, the World Bank and collaborating partners have prepared a guide to improving food safety which will be shared in summary form at the GFSI Conference this February.

    The issue of food safety in developing markets is attracting increasing attention at GFSI and other organisations that concern themselves with the well-being of consumers, and for good reason — unsafe food costs low- and middle-income countries about $110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year. In order to reduce this colossal loss, the World Bank and collaborating partners have prepared a guide to improving food safety which will be shared in summary form at the GFSI Conference this February.

  • 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?

  • Traceability Provides the Trusted Foundation for Global Food Safety

    As food safety challenges intensify worldwide, global traceability is needed more than ever. Today’s traceability systems must be interoperable and scalable, providing all stakeholders in the food supply chain with an easy way to collaborate and share information. GS1 standards provide the needed framework for global visibility of food products as they travel from grower to consumer.

    As food safety challenges intensify worldwide, global traceability is needed more than ever. Today’s traceability systems must be interoperable and scalable, providing all stakeholders in the food supply chain with an easy way to collaborate and share information. GS1 standards provide the needed framework for global visibility of food products as they travel from grower to consumer.

  • 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.

  • Why Food Safety Is High Priority for Africa

    In this blog post, guest contributor Martha Byanyima of COMESA offers her thoughts on the potential outcomes of AfCFTA and its relevance for the food industry. Inspired by her participation at the G2B meeting in Nice, she has embarked on a mission to build food safety capacity in the region from the ground up. Read her post to see how GFSI is helping African companies to adapt to their increasingly interconnected supply chain.

    In this blog post, guest contributor Martha Byanyima of COMESA offers her thoughts on the potential outcomes of AfCFTA and its relevance for the food industry. Inspired by her participation at the G2B meeting in Nice, she has embarked on a mission to build food safety capacity in the region from the ground up. Read her post to see how GFSI is helping African companies to adapt to their increasingly interconnected supply chain.

  • Why Retailers Shouldn’t Miss the 2019 GFSI Conference

    As a member of the conference committee for GFSI 2019, I’ve had the honour of being part of a passionate, dedicated group representing every corner of the food industry. From the conversations with this group, I have an insider’s view on the many benefits that my own corner of the industry — retail — can gain by joining the conference. 

    As a member of the conference committee for GFSI 2019, I’ve had the honour of being part of a passionate, dedicated group representing every corner of the food industry. From the conversations with this group, I have an insider’s view on the many benefits that my own corner of the industry — retail — can gain by joining the conference. I’m looking forward to connecting with my global counterparts to discuss challenges emerging in our field and innovations that are meeting these challenges, as well as networking with stakeholders well beyond my home base. It’s these international, industry-spanning connections that make the GFSI Conference a truly indispensable event for everyone involved in keeping food safe.

  • 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。