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GFSI Conference

Programme

SINGAPORE
8-11 APRIL 2024
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All times are in Singapore Standard Time (GMT+8)
9:00 am - 9:05 am
A Warm Welcome to the GFSI Conference 2024
Isabelle KUMAR
Presenter and Journalist - Moderator
Sean SUMMERS
Group CEO
Pick n Pay
9:05 am - 9:15 am
Welcome Address from the CGF’s Managing Director
Wai-Chan CHAN
Managing Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
9:15 am - 9:30 am
Welcome Address from the GFSI Director
Erica SHEWARD
Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
9:30 am - 9:45 am
Special Keynote Address
Show description

Join Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, Ministry of Transport for the Republic of Singapore, as she sheds light on the initiatives and policies shaping Singapore’s food space and pioneering strides in environmental sustainability. In this keynote speech, Dr. Khor will explore the intersection between Singapore’s green future and dynamic culinary landscape, with emphasis on how its evolving food space fosters both innovation and resilience.

Dr. Amy KHOR
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, Ministry of Transport
Republic of Singapore
9:45 pm - 10:00 am
Special Keynote Address: The Frontiers of Food Safety in Singapore - Driving Impact Together
Show description

Join Mr. Vipul Chawla, Group CEO of FairPrice Group, as we explore how resilience and innovation in the food safety landscape are critical to ensuring safe food for all. We will discuss the key levers of delivering meaningful impact for safe food, discover how all stakeholders can be catalysts for renewed change and look at how we can overcome the challenges at hand to pave the way for a safer, more resilient future for the entire food industry.

Vipul CHAWLA
Group CEO
FairPrice Group
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Networking Break
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Tech Talk: kindly hosted by Agroknow
Show description

Empowering Food Risk Prevention: Harnessing Data & AI to Mitigate the Risk of Chemical Hazards

The food industry faces a shifting landscape of risks, with chemical hazards like pesticides, mycotoxins, and heavy metals rising due to changing weather patterns. How can food & beverage companies move from reactive measures to proactive prevention?

This tech talk unveils the power of AI:
Predictive models: Harness vast data on chemical risks, weather, and agricultural practices to forecast threats before sourcing ingredients.
Efficient monitoring programs: Optimizing programs by pinpointing areas of high risk after purchasing materials.
AI-powered dashboards: Accessing real-time insights into emerging chemical threats using global occurrence data.

Specifically, we’ll focus on a use case for the Mycotoxins by showing how predictive analytics can be integrated into existing food safety systems to optimize prevention. This tech talk is addressed to all food safety professionals working at:
Food Companies that need to know of emerging risks to inform their food risk prevention, audit and testing plans.
Organizations that need to be aware of emerging risks to implement controls and measures to minimize the risk of jeopardizing public health.

Mihalis PAPAKONSTANTINOU
Head of Data Services Team
Agroknow
10:45 am - 11:25 am
GFSI Horizons: Charting the Course for Future Food Safety Excellence
Show description

Leaders from the GFSI community will explore the strategic initiatives shaping the future of global food safety. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the foremost minds in the industry and gain valuable insights that will drive excellence in food safety practices worldwide.

Isabelle KUMAR
Presenter and Journalist - Moderator
Mark A. FRYLING
Vice President, Global Food Safety and Quality & GFSI Steering Committee Co-Chair
General Mills
Cindy JENKS
General Manager
Pick n Pay
Howard POPOOLA
Vice President - Corporate Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Compliance & GFSI Steering Committee Co-Chair
The Kroger Co.
Kelvin CHEN
Head of QA & GFSI China Steering Committee Co-Chair
M Commerce Group and Wumart Tech Group
11:25 am - 12:00 pm
Scientifically Verified Traceability Empowering a Safe and Sustainable Food Supply
Show description

True transparency is the currency of food trust and essential in the provision of a safe and sustainable food supply. This session will showcase how leading retailers are using DNA-based traceability to connect animal-protein products back to the animal and the farm of origin and ensure accountability through complex protein supply chains. With this standard of traceability retailers have the knowledge to make informed supply chain decisions and provide assurance to consumers. True supply chain knowledge empowers retailers to safeguard and strengthen the integrity of their supply chains, improve product quality, and differentiate their brands with confidence.

Lisa KIRIBATHGODA
Technical Marketing Manager
MSD Animal Health
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
12:10 pm - 12:25 pm
Tech Talk: kindly hosted by PathSpot
Show description

How Data and Technology are Revolutionizing Food Safety

Join Christine Schindler at this innovative session to learn more about leveraging actionable, specific, measurable data and technology for real time insights and broader trends — from hygiene management, temperature monitoring, AI driven audits, expiration/ waste management and more. In a world where data driven decisions are crucial, this session will cover how data driven technologies are generating food safety insights driving food safety culture, and impacting operations and strategy through a proactive and predictive approach.

Christine SCHINDLER
Co-Founder and CEO
PathSpot
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Tech Talk: kindly hosted by SGS
Show description

Generative AI and the Green Agenda: Enhancing Early Warning Systems for Food Safety and Environmental Integrity

In a time-critical session, we will explore how Generative AI is redefining Early Warning systems to serve the dual purposes of food safety vigilance and environmental foresight amidst the Green Transition. This presentation will demonstrate the integral role of AI in identifying potential hazards and opportunities that intersect with food safety and sustainability goals. Emphasizing the intricate balance between technological advancements and ecological considerations, we will articulate how Generative AI can support in green initiatives, such as pesticide reduction, sustainable packaging, and climate change resilience.

Key Takeaways: Participants will gain sharp, actionable insights into:
• The integration of Generative AI within Early Warning systems to navigate both food safety and environmental challenges.
• Strategies for aligning AI capabilities with the objectives of the Green Agenda, ensuring that technology contributes to sustainable food safety practices.
• The necessity for a harmonized approach where AI complements human expertise in mitigating risks associated with the Green Transition.
• Practical examples from industry leaders who are successfully utilizing AI to anticipate and address the complexities at the intersection of food safety and environmental sustainability.

Nicola COLOMBO
Global Head
SGS DIGICOMPLY
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Unleashing the Power of Technology for Food Safety Management
Show description

In the ever-evolving landscape of food safety management, the integration of innovative technology emerges as a game-changer. This session will explore the relationship between technology and food safety, providing insight into how innovative solutions can empower a proactive approach to ensuring the highest standards in global food safety and act as a critical enabler for a safer and more transparent food supply chain.

Dave CREAN
Director
STRIDE Food R&D Consultancy Ltd.
Susanne GARCIA-SCHAUERMANN
Senior Vice President Quality Assurance, Food Safety, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs
Mondelēz International
Patrick WALL
Professor of Public Health
University College Dublin
Gary LOH
Founder & CEO
DiMuto
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Food Safety in the Green Transition - The Unintended Consequences
Show description

The Green Transition and Food Safety are non-negotiables. Join us as we discuss the intersection of food safety and the green transition and explore how to proactively address challenges and make the green agenda work for all stakeholders. From examining unforeseen consequences witnessed in recalls, to unravelling the concept of regenerative agriculture, panelists will demonstrate how we can shape a resilient and safe future for all.

Roy KIRBY
Partner
FoodsafERM
Phil WEBSTER
Partner
Arthur D. Little Limited
Max TEPLITSKI, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer
International Fresh Produce Association
Dr. LI Dan
Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology
National University of Singapore
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Networking Break
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Tech Talk: kindly hosted by LRQA
Show description

Fresh Thinking in a New Era of Risk

The global risk landscape is changing, and a new era of risk is here. With an evolving regulatory landscape, ESG demands, supply chain uncertainty and an increasing number of cyber-attacks protecting your brand’s reputation and ensuring high levels of product integrity is vital to business success.

In this Tech Talk, presenter Kimberly Coffin will introduce the challenging risk landscape we are seeing today and how businesses must adapt in order to effectively anticipate, mitigate and manage the risks associated with product integrity, and ultimately, future-proof their brand.

Key takeaways:
During this session, the audience will gain a better understanding of:
• The challenging risk landscape and how the risks we are seeing are becoming increasingly interconnected across supply chains.
• The new era of risk and the history of the assurance industry.
• The five essential steps to navigating the new era of risk.
• Data-informed decision-making and LRQA’s supply chain intelligence platform, EiQ.
• How to grow sustainably in the new era of risk and the balanced approach to risk management priorities.

Kimberly COFFIN
Supply Chain Technical Director
LRQA
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Diamond Special Session: kindly hosted by bioMérieux and Mérieux NutriSciences
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Diamond Special Session: kindly hosted by Rentokil Initial
Tony POULSEN
Regional Director, Operations and M&A, Asia
Rentokil Initial
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Digitising Food Safety: Navigating Challenges and Digital Upskillings in the Industry
Show description

From the big to the small, the digital era beckons a transformative journey in food safety management. This session will highlight the imperative of upskilling, including in SMEs, and explore the integration of new talents to fortify the digital management of food safety. Panelists will showcase the unique challenges  concerning digital standardisation and examine how these hurdles can be overcome to establish a robust framework for digitising food safety.

Natalie DYENSON
Chief Food Safety & Regulatory Officer
International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)
Cronan McNAMARA
Founder & CEO, Creme Global & Adjunct Professor, University College Dublin (UCD)
Creme Global & University College Dublin
Hannes POUSEELE
Global Solutions Architect for Data and Genomics
bioMérieux
Boris BOLSHCHIKOV
Head of Food Safety Science and the Global Food Safety Center
Mars Incorporated
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Navigating the Intersection of Food Safety & Plastics
Show description

Join us as we explore the critical realm of food safety and plastic waste, looking at the challenges surrounding unintended recalls and engaging in a constructive debate on how to avoid unforeseen consequences in the utilisation of recycled materials. Delegates will gain insights into the challenges posed by plastic waste and the regulatory considerations shaping their impact on food safety.

David LOVELL
Director Regulatory Compliance
DSL Consulting
Miao GUO
Food Safety and Quality Assurance Director, Great China Region
PepsiCo
Cédric DEVER
Director, Sustainability
The Consumer Goods Forum
John FIELD
Chief of the Chemical Health Hazards Assessment Division, Packaging and Contaminants
Health Canada / Government of Canada
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Official Opening Cocktail
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