0

Blog posts

  • Driving Practical Solutions that Reduce Your Food Waste, Safely | Sealed Air @ GFSC 2015

    Understanding food safety principles is essential to managing and reducing food waste throughout the supply chain.

  • Efficient supply chain management results in competitive advantage

    A food supply chain can involve a network of more than 100 organizations. If something goes wrong in one link, it can impact the quality, safety and sustainability of the end product. Managing the supply chain and assuring stakeholders of safety and sustainability is essential.

    A food supply chain can involve a network of more than 100 organizations. If something goes wrong in one link, it can impact the quality, safety and sustainability of the end product. Managing the supply chain and assuring stakeholders of safety and sustainability is essential.

  • Eighteen Years of Acceleration. One Decisive Moment Ahead.

    After four years as director of GFSI, I am proud to be able to welcome the GFSI Conference to my home country for the first time during my term. From my director’s seat, I have watched GFSI grow at an unprecedented rate. We now work with more companies, governments, certification programmes than ever before, and an even larger group of stakeholders is eager to learn how they can become involved.

    After four years as director of GFSI, I am proud to be able to welcome the GFSI Conference to my home country for the first time during my term. From my director’s seat, I have watched GFSI grow at an unprecedented rate. We now work with more companies, governments, certification programmes than ever before, and an even larger group of stakeholders is eager to learn how they can become involved.

  • Emerging Trends in Food Safety

    Food safety is, for good reason, the number one concern for food and beverage manufacturers, and therefore Tetra Pak’s number one priority. The Global Food Safety Conference is an important annual event for Tetra Pak, bringing together leaders in the industry, academia and regulation to discuss topics on securing safer food production worldwide.

    Food safety is, for good reason, the number one concern for food and beverage manufacturers, and therefore Tetra Pak’s number one priority. The Global Food Safety Conference is an important annual event for Tetra Pak, bringing together leaders in the industry, academia and regulation to discuss topics on securing safer food production worldwide.

  • Ensuring Hand Hygiene Compliance – The Role of New Technology

    As an industry, we’ve known for a long time that when workers contact food with their hands it’s potentially a major mechanism by which pathogens can contaminate food. Indeed, studies have shown that improper food handling practices can contribute to approximately 97% of foodborne illnesses in food-service establishments.

    As an industry, we’ve known for a long time that when workers contact food with their hands it’s potentially a major mechanism by which pathogens can contaminate food. Indeed, studies have shown that improper food handling practices can contribute to approximately 97% of foodborne illnesses in food-service establishments.

  • EuroCommerce DG Welcomes CGF Global Food Safety Conference as Addressing the Key Regulatory Issues

    Being in the consumer spotlight each and every day, retailers cannot afford to compromise on food safety. It is simply crucial to our reputation and consumer confidence. Retailers have shown that they can introduce processes quickly to deal with known and newly emerging food safety risks. This is a huge challenge bearing in mind that retailers deal with thousands of different food product lines.

    Being in the consumer spotlight each and every day, retailers cannot afford to compromise on food safety. It is simply crucial to our reputation and consumer confidence. Retailers have shown that they can introduce processes quickly to deal with known and newly emerging food safety risks. This is a huge challenge bearing in mind that retailers deal with thousands of different food product lines. We keep on top of these issues by setting up and actively participating in quality schemes and voluntary initiatives, such as those endorsed by GFSI.

  • Everyone Wants to Go Digital – An Attempt to Demystify the Digital Buzz

    Data digitalisation is becoming a vital part of our food safety world. It seems inevitable. Companies in the modern food chain are rushing in head first. It’s worth pausing to demystify the digital buzz, though. Thanks to innovative data technologies, we have a wealth of valuable information at our fingertips.

    Data digitalisation is becoming a vital part of our food safety world. It seems inevitable. Companies in the modern food chain are rushing in head first. It’s worth pausing to demystify the digital buzz, though. Thanks to innovative data technologies, we have a wealth of valuable information at our fingertips.

  • Expert Column: The Grocery Supply Chain Goes Mobile

    While many industries have heartily embraced mobile technologies, the supply chain industry has been slow to tap the potential of mobile applications as a method through which it shares information with consumers. Mobile tools present a huge opportunity for food manufacturers and retailers to better connect with and inform their consumer base, while also gaining valuable consumer data.

  • Failures within complex supply chains are a huge risk to food safety – could new technology be the answer?

    Historically, food safety agendas mainly focused upon assessing and managing risk within the primary processing and manufacturing unit. We now realise that supply chains are, in reality, an aggregation of multiple chains derived from the numerous components which make up the products. Any failure anywhere within these chains can result in major incidents. Is this where new and emerging connected technologies can really start to help?

    Historically, food safety agendas mainly focused upon assessing and managing risk within the primary processing and manufacturing unit. We now realise that supply chains are, in reality, an aggregation of multiple chains derived from the numerous components which make up the products. Any failure anywhere within these chains can result in major incidents. Is this where new and emerging connected technologies can really start to help?

  • Food Safety - A Never Ending Journey

    GFSI’s journey began 16 years ago, when a few leading retailers came together over a common desire to get a grip on food safety. They set out to standardize understanding through establishing a benchmark system for certification schemes. With easily comparable quality and safety requirements. Beyond national boundaries, on a worldwide level. Now, GFSI has developed into a thought leader that binds people and organisations together.

    GFSI’s journey began 16 years ago, when a few leading retailers came together over a common desire to get a grip on food safety. They set out to standardize understanding through establishing a benchmark system for certification schemes. With easily comparable quality and safety requirements. Beyond national boundaries, on a worldwide level. Now, GFSI has developed into a thought leader that binds people and organisations together.

  • Food Safety and Technology - A Look into Japanese Agricultural Data Collaboration Platform 'WAGRI'

    The Communications Working Group of the GFSI Japan Local Group interviewed Professor Shinjo about the background, construction and future of his platform “WAGRI”, an agricultural data collaboration platform that shares the data required for agriculture online.

    The Communications Working Group of the GFSI Japan Local Group interviewed Professor Shinjo about the background, construction and future of his platform “WAGRI”, an agricultural data collaboration platform that shares the data required for agriculture online.

  • Food Safety Capacity Building and Africa’s Food System: Building the Foundation for Success

    Certainly, Africa’s food security challenge is deep seated, and gaps in governance and other social infrastructure abound. But the positive change underway in Africa’s agriculture and food sector – and the promise of its future – are driven by economic and social forces that are unlikely to turn back.

    Certainly, Africa’s food security challenge is deep seated, and gaps in governance and other social infrastructure abound. But the positive change underway in Africa’s agriculture and food sector – and the promise of its future – are driven by economic and social forces that are unlikely to turn back.

  • Food Safety Challenge to 2030: Staying on Track with Safe Trade

    2030 seems a way off. It marks the end point of the UN’s development agenda to transform opportunities for people, prosperity and the planet, alongside its collective call to action. What we all work on today on food safety is going to shape that future. But are we on track?

    2030 seems a way off. It marks the end point of the UN’s development agenda to transform opportunities for people, prosperity and the planet, alongside its collective call to action. What we all work on today on food safety is going to shape that future. But are we on track?

  • Food Safety Culture Journey - What If "Culture" Was the Key Word?

    Improving food safety is a never-ending story for organisations. How to create the favourable conditions of a positive and virtuous food safety culture within an organisation? Back in 2000, the year of the GFSI’s creation, “food safety” started a new kind of journey after several crises. At this time, the topic was still considered as a cost line more than a business foundation pillar by many food companies.

    Improving food safety is a never-ending story for organisations. How to create the favourable conditions of a positive and virtuous food safety culture within an organisation? Back in 2000, the year of the GFSI’s creation, “food safety” started a new kind of journey after several crises. At this time, the topic was still considered as a cost line more than a business foundation pillar by many food companies.

  • Food Safety Enabling Growth and Economic Progress

    Viewing food safety through the lens of risk management is the prevailing practice today. However, if the focus changed, companies would find that food safety can move beyond risk mitigation to become a source of growth and economic progress.

    Viewing food safety through the lens of risk management is the prevailing practice today. However, if the focus changed, companies would find that food safety can move beyond risk mitigation to become a source of growth and economic progress.

  • Food Safety Fails: How to Avoid Preventable Mishaps with Technology

    According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 diseases are spread through food, and 1 in 10 people experience the unpleasant effects of a foodborne illness each year. Thankfully, safe food preparation can prevent many food safety incidents, making both proper training and the right tools very important in food business settings.

    According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 diseases are spread through food, and 1 in 10 people experience the unpleasant effects of a foodborne illness each year. Thankfully, safe food preparation can prevent many food safety incidents, making both proper training and the right tools very important in food business settings.

  • Food Safety in China Matters Everywhere | Ecolab @ GFSC 2015

    Foodborne illness is a growing public health problem around the globe – and one that continues to evolve. In emerging markets, diets are shifting in focus from grains to proteins, which carry a higher risk profile and greater hygiene requirement. These diet shifts – along with population growth – mean 75 to 100 percent more calories are needed to feed the world. And all this demand is stressing our systems. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in China, where food safety incidents made the news frequently in 2014. 

  • Food Safety is Everyone’s Business

    Wegmans is a regional supermarket chain in the US that has been around for 100 years. Food safety has never been a competitive issue for us. We pride ourselves on high standards in everything we do, including food safety, and are always looking for best practices that can make us better. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is one such best practice, and we have seen its benefits.

    Wegmans is a regional supermarket chain in the US that has been around for 100 years. Food safety has never been a competitive issue for us. We pride ourselves on high standards in everything we do, including food safety, and are always looking for best practices that can make us better. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is one such best practice, and we have seen its benefits.

  • Food Safety is Vital to Customer Trust

    Mention Amazon.com and most people probably think about online shopping, Kindle e-readers, or maybe original TV shows and movies like Manchester By the Sea. Food safety is likely very far down the list.

    Mention Amazon.com and most people probably think about online shopping, Kindle e-readers, or maybe original TV shows and movies like Manchester By the Sea. Food safety is likely very far down the list.

  • Food Safety: A shared responsibility through collaboration | LRQA @ GFSC 2015

    If there’s truth in the saying that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts, the global food industry certainly has the tools at its disposal to prove it. As an industry, we have made great steps in improving food safety and in assuring the related supply chain. But there remain wider challenges ahead, challenges that will require greater collaboration to overcome.