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29-31 MARCH 2022


The GFSI Conference


This programme may be subject to change
All times are in Central European Time
Wednesday 24th March 2021
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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2:00 pm - 2:05 pm
Welcome to Day 2 of the Virtual GFSI Conference 2021
Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
Covid-19, Public Health and Food Safety: A Call for Leadership and Resilience

Food safety is key to public health priorities in both developed and underdeveloped countries, especially in the aftermath of the pandemic. In this session, we’ll receive a call to action from Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, assistant director-general at the World Health Organisation, who will speak to the role of food safety in public health. Dr. Yamamoto, a respected physician and epidemiologist, oversees universal health coverage and healthier populations initiatives at the WHO. After a retrospective on the agency’s past achievements and current priorities, she will explain how the food industry can assist the public sector in improving global health outcomes during the pandemic and beyond. A key theme will be the responsibility of all actors to provide safe food to consumers everywhere.

Universal Health Coverage, Assistant Director-General, UHC/Healthier Populations
World Health Organization
Doing the Right Thing: Food Safety Trust and Transparency

In this session, experts in law, benchmarking and consumer advocacy will discuss trust and transparency and their intrinsic link to food safety. Our first topic will be GFSI’s recent work to create a code of ethics that applies to every facet of the food safety ecosystem. This joint mission on trust was born out of a desire for the global food safety community to set a higher bar for itself and to inspire greater consumer confidence. We’ll also explore the role of ethics in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the ways in which trust influences the behaviour of both companies and consumers. We’ll then look at the elements that drive trust, especially in the face of the pandemic, and methods for reinforcing the relationship between businesses and their consumers.

Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
Director General
Consumers International
Prof. Christopher HODGES OBE
Professor of Justice Systems and head of the Swiss Re Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
University of Oxford
Ready for Anything: How Resiliency and Technology Will Build Consumer Trust and Help Us Mitigate Disruption in the 21st Century

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that in today’s food and beverage industry, crises can come in many forms. From the familiar threat of contamination and product recalls to unprecedented public health challenges, food producers have to be ready to face the unexpected. Pandemic risk, climate change, increasingly complex supply chains and consumer demand for transparency – how can the right mindset, protocols and digital technologies help us remain resilient and equipped to overcome challenges?

We’ve assembled a panel of industry experts with first-hand experience successfully navigating this uncertain landscape, who will share how they are building resiliency within their companies.

Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
Christophe BECK
President & Chief Executive Officer
Ecolab Inc.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Head of Quality Management
Nestlé S.A.
3:20 pm - 3:40 pm
Networking Break

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3:40 pm - 4:10 pm
Special Session - PepsiCo: The Increasing Risk of Chemical Hazards

The Increasing Risk of Chemical Hazards can pose challenging outcomes to the food industry and ultimately to public health! Chemical hazards have different risk levels, can be local or wildly spread in the supply chain; hence requiring different mitigation programs. In addition to immediate or chronic diseases, mismanagement of chemical programs are likely to result in regulatory non-compliance, increased product costs, consumer distrust and brand erosion. Companies that are leading chemical hazards mitigation programs map their supply chain effectively, define metrics and add as a company risk, build subject matter expertise and improve digital solutions to collect, store, connect, model and use the data to make decisions and anticipate emerging issues. This review will provide you with the steps to start or take your chemical hazards program to the next level!

Vice President, Global Food Safety & Microbiology
3:40 pm - 4:10 pm
Special Session - Orkin: Navigating Regulatory Changes and the Impact on Pest Management

While operating in a global food chain, you are at the forefront of food safety innovation. Your leadership drives continuous improvement, yet after a year of drastic change for the food and beverage industry, changing guidelines may seem daunting. This helpful session with Orkin’s Vice President of Quality Assurance and Technical Services Judy Black allows you the opportunity to discuss some of the most common challenges you and your team are facing, so you can plan ahead for the future and adapt with the introduction of new policies. Learn what elements can impact food safety and how to easily overcome them.

In just one 30-minute session, you will walk away with the knowledge and confidence you need to successfully navigate regulatory changes affecting pest management and most importantly, food safety.

BCE, VP Quality Assurance and Technical Services
Orkin, LLC
Managing Director & Audit Manager
Orkin Ecuador
Dr. Jerry HU
Technical Director
Orkin Singapore
Bonnie M. RABE
Managing Director
U.S. Government Relations
Managing Director
Orkin EMEA
3:40 pm - 4:10 pm
Special Session - Diversey: Back to Basics – How to Drive Hygiene Compliance Through Manager Accountability

How do senior leaders affect hygiene compliance that delivers reduced risk? Like levers on a machine, executives have tinkered with their hygiene program by asking for more antimicrobial chemistries, auditing, and hygiene labor hours. There are rare occasions when one of these levers improves hygiene outcomes. Most organizations already have effective antimicrobial chemistries and auditing programs. We know from experience that increasing labor hours does not always equate to more hygiene hours. More often than not, poor hygiene compliance is linked to people. It is time we level set and get back to basics – management accountability. As leaders, we need to ask three questions:

1. What tools do my front-line and mid-level managers need to drive compliance?
2. Are my managers prepared to train and manage people?
3. How does senior leadership extend influence beyond the rank and file?

In this session experts from industry and academia will tackle this core issue of compliance. We will explore data driven tools companies can use to enable active managerial control, such as a flow meter for chemical consumption tracking and pre- and post-operation checks. We will also discuss new ideas for manager and associate training, such as implementation science and problem based learning. Listeners will walk away with a better understanding of how they can improve compliance by investing in manager tools and science-based training techniques to achieve a better return on investment and compliance.

Director of Business Development, Food Safety & Technical Consulting
Diversey, Inc.
Vice President, Global Food Safety
Walmart Inc.
Director of Technical Consulting for the Retail and Food Service sectors
Diversey, Inc.
Dr. Angela FRASER
Professor in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences
Clemson University
4:10 pm - 4:30 pm
Networking Break

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The Frontier of Food Safety: New Science, Discoveries and Innovations

The GFSI Conference is known as one of the world’s most exciting showcases for developments in food safety and food science, and this session proves the reputation. We’ll turn the spotlight to new discoveries and innovations from industry, academia, government and beyond. Our panel of experts includes the chief science officer at Mars, who will explain how science informs product development, as well as the founding director of Shrimply Blue, a California-based startup that’s turning invasive freshwater shrimp into sustainable pet food. Together the speakers will consider how science and technology, including their own inventions, can advance industry and improve safety. Expect a lively and informative discussion!

Freelance Broadcaster & Journalist
Vice President of Corporate R&D and outgoing Chief Science Officer
Mars, Incorporated
Founding Director
Shrimply Blue
Senior Project Manager GFSI
The Consumer Goods Forum
Auditing Tomorrow: How Technology Is Transforming the Food Safety Audit

Audits are among the countless tasks that came to be performed remotely last year, highlighting the strengths and limitations of existing information and communication technology. This session features leaders who made the leap to full remote audits and experts on emerging technology in the field. Our speakers include the chair of GFSI’s expert panel on the use of ICT in remote audits, who will share the panel’s findings and predictions for the evolution of the technology. We’ll also hear case studies on the application of fully remote audits at companies including Cargill and Cisco Systems. After examining independent evidence, the speakers will debate whether or not remote audits can be as safe as conventional audits and consider how ICT may disrupt the life cycle of the audit.

IAF Director representing Users and Industry
Professor Alan GILLIES
Managing Director
Yunling ZHENG
CASC FIBI APAC FSQR Process Standardization Lead & Project Manager (Cargill China Food Safety and Technology Center)
Cargill Investments (China) Ltd.
The Rising Stars of Food: Introducing the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator

According to the United Nations, by 2030, the world will need 35% more food than what’s produced today to meet demand. At the same time, consumers’ tastes are changing. They are seeking more local, fresh and organic foods, and want increased transparency into the food supply chain and food safety.

In addition, 2020 put a magnifying glass on several challenges facing the food industry. Many of these challenges have existed for years, but the impact of COVID-19 brought them to the forefront of many stakeholder’s minds, from consumer to enterprise.

It will take innovation and new technologies to meet consumer demand and expectations through a safer and more sustainable global food supply chain.

The Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator is a first-of-its-kind mentorship-driven program that identifies entrepreneurs and start-up companies from around the world with innovative ideas focused on food safety, the food supply chain, food tech, farm productivity and waste management. The program includes mentorship from food industry experts to help bring these innovative ideas to life.

We’ve assembled a panel of Farm to Fork Accelerator leaders and Techstars participants to share their first-hand experiences in developing breakthrough food industry innovations. These visionary entrepreneurs may hold the solutions to the most pressing food challenges of our time. They are seeing opportunities and working to clear paths to help advance our ability to safely feed the world.

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Initiatives
Ecolab Inc.
CEO and Co-Founder
Canomiks Inc.
Managing Partner
Bread and Butter Ventures
Patrick ZELAYA
Founder & CEO
Founder and CEO
5:55 pm - 6:15 pm
Networking Break

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6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Special Session - Agroknow: The Promise and Perils of Predictive Analytics

Let’s talk about predictive analytics. Can this AI-powered technology help predict food risks before they occur? Or will it become yet another overrated technology hype?

Topics to be covered include:
• Which are the critical food risk prevention questions that predictive analytics may help answer?
• What kind of public or private data assets will be essential in order to train and feed such applications?
• How realistic is it to arrive at really usable applications that can systematically help prevent food risks before they happen?

Chris Elliott, Professor of Food Safety at Queen’s University Belfast, will facilitate the discussion. He will also bring the perspective of the Food Industry Intelligence Network (FiiN) and a recently established Industry Innovation Group on Predictive Analytics for Food Integrity.

Professor of Food Safety
Queen’s University Belfast
Carletta OOTON
VP Product Assurance, Risk & Security
Founder and CEO
Dr. Zoltan SYPOSS
Vice President, Quality, Safety & Environment (QSE)
The Coca-Cola Company
Associate Commissioner for Imported Food Safety
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Special Session - NSF International: Measuring Auditor Performance to Meet Future Expectations

The GFSI’s race to the top focus on benchmarking auditor training programs and Continuing Professional Development pathways is a welcome step in driving the needed improvement in trust and quality of third-party certification audits. The resulting benchmarking requirements will raise the bar for training programs and determine initial competency of auditors. To realize the expected improvement in auditor performance, Certification Bodies must examine their current monitoring methods and measures for all technical roles involved in the Certification Audit delivery process. This presentation will address auditor development and the selection of performance metrics that drive consistency.

Associate Director, Global Supplier Assurance
NSF International
6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Special Session - Testo: Operational Efficiency: Maximizing Food Safety Management in the 21st Century

In this session you will learn how data-driven, smarter food safety management protects people’s health with technologies and innovative food safety solutions.

One of the most important success factors in reducing the burden of foodborne illness is human behavior. On the one hand, it’s about how employees think about food safety and how committed they are to this goal in the performance of their daily operations. On the other hand, the food industry wants to simplify or even completely automate food safety processes for employees as much as possible.

Food safety management in the 21st century is becoming increasingly characterized by automation and data informed management decisions. IoT devices are either automatically generating the food safety data or advanced tools are enabling people to report data more accurately and quickly than ever before. These operational savings are compounded when management uses software to turn the data into actionable information. As business and regulators demand more data, the use of modern tools to easily create, collect, and process the data into actionable information is growing. The public is also increasingly aware of issues around food safety and health and businesses are rapidly taking steps to stay ahead.

Technologies in measuring and data processing are continuously developing faster than ever. New fields are opening almost daily, and there is no end in sight to these developments. This makes it more important than ever to utilize and combine existing technologies intelligently to develop them further – now and in future.

Vice President Solutions
Testo North America
Professor, Food Safety Specialist
North Carolina State University
Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance
Testo North America
Patrick GUZZLE
Vice President of Food Science and Industry
National Restaurant Association
6:45 pm - 7:05 pm
Networking Break

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Food Safety and Beyond: Game-Changing Initiatives and Opportunities

This forward-facing plenary turns our attention to sustainability, one of the central tenets of GFSI’s parent organisation, the Consumer Goods Forum. We’ll take a look at game-changing sustainability initiatives with a link to food safety and the food industry. The session will begin with an introduction to the circular economy framework, which uses intentional design and supply chain considerations to reduce waste and create society-wide benefits. Within this framework, speakers will address ways to reduce food waste and keep unavoidable waste in the supply chain, such as by converting it into animal feed. In keeping with the collaborative atmosphere of CGF and GFSI, we’ll also discuss how companies can work outside their organisations to improve sustainability, benefit the broader community and create further opportunities.

Freelance Broadcaster & Journalist
Managing Director
Food Waste Free United
Sr. Vice President, Compliance & Ethics
7:35 pm - 7:55 pm
Inspirational Keynote by Andrew Steele - Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old

Ageing—not cancer or heart disease—is the world’s leading cause of death and suffering. In spite of this, we accept the ageing process as inevitable. We come to terms with the fact that our bodies and minds will begin to deteriorate and our risk of disease will rise as we get older. Ageing is so deeply ingrained in the human experience that we never stop to ask: is it necessary?

Scientist and writer Dr. Andrew Steele, author of the new book Ageless, wants to convince you that it isn’t. From ageless animals like tortoises and jellyfish, to dietary and genetic changes that can make everything from worms to mice (and maybe humans) live longer in good health, to drugs that can remove aged ‘senescent’ cells and defer a whole range of age-related changes, there’s ample evidence that ageing isn’t inevitable—and treatments could be coming to a clinic near you sooner than you think.

Find out how the scientific implications of ageing biology could lead to the greatest revolution in the history of medicine—one that has the potential to improve billions of lives, save trillions of dollars, and transform the human condition.

Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
Scientist and author of - Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
7:55 pm - 8:00 pm
Day 2 Conference Recap
Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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