GFSI is delighted about the decision of the UN General Assembly to create World Food Safety Day, which will be held every year on 7th June. To support this, GFSI and CODEX partnered during the recent GFSI Conference in Nice to help create momentum among public and private stakeholders to make the first World Food Safety Day a great success.
Safe food is a key component of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is a prerequisite to economic and social development which cannot occur when there is no access to safe food. The Sustainable Development Goals are instrumental to the GFSI vision of safe food for consumers everywhere. GFSI, by bringing together key actors of the food industry to collaboratively drive continuous improvement in food safety management systems around the world, contributes to the achievement of the Goals.
GFSI warmly welcomes all stakeholders to join us in celebrating two landmark food safety events: GFSI’s 20th Birthday and the first annual World Food Safety Day. You can help us increase awareness of these near-concurrent milestones by participating in a year of collaborative projects, culminating at the GFSI Conference 2020 in Seattle.
GFSI turns 20 in 2020, marking the pinnacle of two decades of food safety advancement. The year-long birthday celebration coincides with the first World Food Safety Day on 7th June 2019, which was established by the UN General Assembly last December.
The new annual event is an opportunity for companies around the world to drive food safety awareness around the official theme of implementation. GFSI has embarked on a partnership with CODEX to promote World Food Safety Day; we agree that economic and social development cannot occur without safe food for consumers everywhere.
To mark both celebrations, we invite stakeholders to offer GFSI a practical “birthday gift”: a demonstration of your ongoing commitment to safe food. This commitment could range from taking a pledge to advance food safety with GFSI tools to achieving certification with a GFSI-recognised programme.
Send us your gifts by tweeting video messages and photos that demonstrate your commitment, making sure to tag @myGFSI and @FAOWHOCodex with the hashtags #WorldFoodSafetyDay and #GFSIbirthday.
We will share a mashup of all contributions on 7th June, then highlight our favourite posts in a “Best Of” showcase at the GFSI Conference in Seattle. Help us make the 2020 Conference a GFSI birthday party of historic proportions!
Share your commitment for food safety via video message, photos or quotes! Once you've prepared your message, post it on twitter using the hashtags #WorldFoodSafetyDay and #GFSIbirthday. Be sure to tag @myGFSI and @FAOWHOCodex.
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