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  • 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.

  • Four Emerging Challenges for Food Businesses — And How to Address Them

    The food industry is sure to undergo a radical transformation in the coming decades. What changes should we expect, and how should food businesses prepare to face these challenges both now and in the future?

    The food industry is sure to undergo a radical transformation in the coming decades. What changes should we expect, and how should food businesses prepare to face these challenges both now and in the future?

  • France Retakes the Global Food Safety Spotlight at GFSI 2019

    2019 marks the first year since 2006 that the GFSI Conference will take place in France, the birthplace of the Global Food Safety Initiative, after travelling to locales as distant as Kuala Lumpur, Houston and Tokyo. We are honoured to serve as co-chairs for this historic homecoming. 

    2019 marks the first year since 2006 that the GFSI Conference will take place in France, the birthplace of the Global Food Safety Initiative, after travelling to locales as distant as Kuala Lumpur, Houston and Tokyo. We are honoured to serve as co-chairs for this historic homecoming. 

  • GFSI - A Tide That Raises All Ships

    The North American meat and poultry industry is complex and highly variable. Companies engaged in this industry understand that consumers increasingly desire meat protein products. As we improve our efficiencies to meet rising demand, we are also improving food safety performance. One of the successful tools being used by Tyson Foods and others to ensure the production of safe meat products is a third-party audit benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

    The North American meat and poultry industry is complex and highly variable. Companies engaged in this industry understand that consumers increasingly desire meat protein products. As we improve our efficiencies to meet rising demand, we are also improving food safety performance. One of the successful tools being used by Tyson Foods and others to ensure the production of safe meat products is a third-party audit benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

  • GFSI 2018: A Turning Point for Food Safety in Asia

    2018 marks the first year that Japan will host GFSI’s Global Food Safety Conference, and only the second year that the conference will take place in Asia. Of the conference's 1,000 delegates from over 50 countries, many will be visiting Japan for the first time.

    2018 marks the first year that Japan will host GFSI’s Global Food Safety Conference, and only the second year that the conference will take place in Asia. Of the conference's 1,000 delegates from over 50 countries, many will be visiting Japan for the first time.

  • GFSI Chairman Address

    It's a pleasure to address so many readers in my first months as Chair of the Global Food Safety Initiative. It's been a great start to 2014 for GFSI with 1106 delegates at our Global Food Safety Conference in California!

    It's a pleasure to address so many readers in my first months as Chair of the Global Food Safety Initiative. It's been a great start to 2014 for GFSI with 1106 delegates at our Global Food Safety Conference in California! On behalf of the GFSI Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who attended the event and shared knowledge around such an important and pre-competitive issue. We are delighted that the Global Food Safety Conference has become such an eminent platform to share knowledge and create a global network of experts whose shared purpose is to deliver safer food to customers around the word. Our conference theme of "One World, One Safe Food Supply" is on the right path!

  • GFSI Focus Day Provides Information to Get Certified | GFSR Reports

    To be successful in the food industry, you must achieve minimum food safety and quality standards. And as the industry continues to globalize, the number of different standards grows. Requirements come from all directions – governments, trading partners, customers, and those that are sector-specific. For a business that’s busy with day-to-day management, this can be daunting.

    To be successful in the food industry, you must achieve minimum food safety and quality standards. And as the industry continues to globalize, the number of different standards grows. Requirements come from all directions – governments, trading partners, customers, and those that are sector-specific. For a business that’s busy with day-to-day management, this can be daunting. How can you ensure that your company is competitive in the global market place with the right set of quality and safety guidelines – even as these guidelines continue to evolve?

  • GFSI Global Markets Programme: An African Success Story

    This blog post is the third 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 (Nigeria, Mexico, Japan and Pakistan) and how their use of the GFSI Global Markets Programme helped them to improve their food safety management systems. This third contribution is by 2018 Nigerian winner, Bamikole Sunday of Plantation Industries Limited. 

    This blog post is the third 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 (Nigeria, Mexico, Japan and Pakistan) and how their use of the GFSI Global Markets Programme helped them to improve their food safety management systems. This third contribution is by 2018 Nigerian winner, Bamikole Sunday of Plantation Industries Limited. 

  • GFSI Global Markets Programme: Instilling Collaborative, Employee Participation in Food Safety Culture

    This blog post is the first 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 (Japan, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan) and how their use of the GFSI Global Markets Programme helped them to improve their food safety management systems. This first contribution is by 2018 Japanese winner, Koutaro SATOU, of Fuji Foods Co., Ltd.

    This blog post is the first 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 (Japan, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan) and how their use of the GFSI Global Markets Programme helped them to improve their food safety management systems. This first contribution is by 2018 Japanese winner, Koutaro SATOU, of Fuji Foods Co., Ltd.

  • GFSI Global Markets Programme: The Journey of a Mexican Agribusiness

    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.

  • GFSI Global Markets Programme: Transforming Food Safety and Quality in Pakistan

    This blog post is the final contribution in a series that has been published over the past few weeks. This series aimed to allow you to get to know the 2018 GFSI Global Markets Awards winners from four countries across the globe (Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico and Japan) and how their use of the GFSI Global Markets Programme helped them to improve their food safety management systems. This final contribution is by 2018 Pakistani winner, Kashif Elahi of Nuts and Legumes Co.

    This blog post is the final contribution in a series that has been published over the past few weeks. This series aimed to allow you to get to know the 2018 GFSI Global Markets Awards winners from four countries across the globe (Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico and Japan) and how their use of the GFSI Global Markets Programme helped them to improve their food safety management systems. This final contribution is by 2018 Pakistani winner, Kashif Elahi of Nuts and Legumes Co.

  • GFSI on Strategic Partnerships to Enhance the Safety of Imported Foods

    GFSI's North American Representative, Karil L. Kochenderfer, spoke at this month's FDA Public Hearing Strategic Partnerships to Enhance the Safety of Imported Foods in College Park, Maryland. We are pleased to share her remarks with you here.

    GFSI's North American Representative, Karil L. Kochenderfer, spoke at this month's FDA Public Hearing Strategic Partnerships to Enhance the Safety of Imported Foodsin College Park, Maryland. We are pleased to share her remarks with you here.

  • GFSI Q&A: Cenk Gurol on Getting Bigger, Better and Bolder

    I recently caught up with outgoing Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Board Chairman Cenk Gurol to get his thoughts on his time chairing the GFSI. Cenk headed up our food safety work for two important years and was instrumental in helping expand our reach and grow our successes during his time as Chairman.

    I recently caught up with outgoing Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Board Chairman Cenk Gurol to get his thoughts on his time chairing the GFSI. Cenk headed up our food safety work for two important years and was instrumental in helping expand our reach and grow our successes during his time as Chairman.

  • GFSI Turns 18 in 2018 | Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

    In 2018 GFSI turns 18 years old. We’ve come a long way and achieved a great deal but we still have a lot to do. As we welcome in the New Year, let’s reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

    In 2018 GFSI turns 18 years old. We’ve come a long way and achieved a great deal but we still have a lot to do. As we welcome in the New Year, let’s reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

  • GFSI: “Safe food for consumers everywhere” - The food world’s biggest story of technical cooperation

    If you were working in food safety in the ‘90s, you will remember a series of high-profile international food safety crises. Audit fatigue was prevalent within the industry as retailers and brand manufacturers audited factories against their own standards, developed in isolation and with no consideration of convergence. Fast forward to 2014... 

    If you were working in food safety in the ‘90s, you will remember a series of high-profile international food safety crises. Audit fatigue was prevalent within the industry as retailers and brand manufacturers audited factories against their own standards, developed in isolation and with no consideration of convergence. Your professional contacts may have been limited to the people you worked with, your personal network may have stemmed from your university days. Fast forward to 2014 and you have your Linked-In groups, access to countless news feeds and your web browser will answer any question you can think of. You may also participate in the unique, neutral platform called the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Following 14 years of steady growth and achievement, it can rightly claim to be the biggest example of technical cooperation in one of the world’s biggest industries...

  • GFSIは2018年、設立18年になりました。 私たちが何をしたのか、どこに行くのか

    2018年にGFSIは18歳になりました。私たちは長い道のりを歩み、大きな成果を上げましたが、私たちはまだたくさんのことをしています。私たちが新年を迎えるにあたって、どこにいたのか、またどこに行くのかを考えてみましょう。

    2018年にGFSIは18歳になりました。私たちは長い道のりを歩み、大きな成果を上げましたが、私たちはまだたくさんのことをしています。私たちが新年を迎えるにあたって、どこにいたのか、またどこに行くのかを考えてみましょう。

  • GFSIベンチマーキング要求事項の最新バージョンのご紹介

    GFSIのベンチマーキング要求事項におけるエキサイティングな時が来ています。バージョン7.2は、毎年開催されている世界食品安全会議 東京大会でリリースされました。私はこの発表を、オープニングデーのGFSI&Youセッションの一環として会議でこのトピックを詳細に発表できたことを嬉しく思っています。過去17年間、GFSIのベンチマーキング要求事項はかなり進化しました。食品産業が適応し、変化するにつれて、私たちは常にベストプラクティスを最新のものに保つことを目指しています。

    GFSIのベンチマーキング要求事項におけるエキサイティングな時が来ています。バージョン7.2は、毎年開催されている世界食品安全会議 東京大会でリリースされました。私はこの発表を、オープニングデーのGFSI&Youセッションの一環として会議でこのトピックを詳細に発表できたことを嬉しく思っています。過去17年間、GFSIのベンチマーキング要求事項はかなり進化しました。食品産業が適応し、変化するにつれて、私たちは常にベストプラクティスを最新のものに保つことを目指しています。