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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
Thursday 25th March 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Connect in the Networking & Exhibition areas!

Join the networking and exhibition areas to connect with peers and learn more from our sponsors!

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Welcome to Day 3 & Ask GFSI: All About Asia

Alongside the welcome address for the third and final day, we are providing an Asian focus to this early morning session. The GFSI team welcomes all delegates from Asia to come and meet them for a brief overview of GFSI’s strategic priorities, what that means for the Asia-Pacific region and what opportunities there may be to get more involved with the work of GFSI regionally. Please come along with questions as the GFSI team will be on hand to answer.

Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
Head of Quality Management
Nestlé S.A.
Marie-Claude QUENTIN
GFSI Senior Technical Manager
The Consumer Goods Forum
Senior Project Manager GFSI
The Consumer Goods Forum
Yang Ying XU
Chief Representative, CGF China & GFSI China
The Consumer Goods Forum
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Networking Break

Join the networking and exhibition areas to connect with peers and learn more from our sponsors! Be sure to join the Tech Talks from 12:30pm-1:00pm!

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Ask GFSI: The Race to the Top

By now, we assume you have heard about GFSI’s Race to the Top (RTTT), but do you really understand what the framework is designed to achieve, and why this is the here, now and future of GFSI? The RTTT proposes a collaborative enhancement of the oversight of the GFSI ecosystem with the aim of improving trust, transparency and confidence in GFSI-recognised certification and audit outcomes. Additionally, GFSI is seeking to stay true to its core purpose as a benchmarking and harmonisation organisation responsible for the ‘what’ – not the ‘how’ – of food safety. So, join this “Ask GFSI” session to explore the RTTT in more detail and get your questions answered directly by the GFSI team.

Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
Vice President, Global Food Safety
Walmart Inc.
Global Director - microbiology, food safety and toxicology
Mondelēz International
VP of Food Safety & QA
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Marie-Claude QUENTIN
GFSI Senior Technical Manager
The Consumer Goods Forum
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Tech Talk 1 - Agroknow: Breaking Down the Food Safety Data Silos: Introducing Data as a Service

The food system is rapidly changing, becoming more and more digitized. Data is being generated about all entities in the food supply chain. To better understand emerging risks and protect consumers, it is essential to be able to combine, process and extract meaning from as much data as possible.

Breaking down the data silos is one of the grand challenges ahead. As the FDA rightly points out, this requires steps such as the creation of public-private “data trusts,” banks of large volumes of data generated by industry that can be accessed for analytical work to further strengthen preventive approaches.

This Tech Talk is going to introduce for the first time an online solution that aims to deliver food risk data as a service. Data offerings combine publicly announced data from trusted, official sources around the world (such as food recalls, border rejections, inspection results, analytical lab test results) with customer-provided data (such as social media posts about specific brands or products).

This Tech Talk is addressed to:
A. Organizations, as well as food safety professionals, interested to have access to data that may inform their food risk prevention, audit and testing plans.
B. Organizations that produce and offer commercial food safety information products and services. It offers them the opportunity to reach wider audiences and generate new business through such an online data marketplace.

This Talk will also cover the benefits of having such data exchange platforms in place, as well as cover some of the important technology aspects.

Dr. Giannis STOITSIS
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
Tech Talk 2 - Intact: Applying Artificial Intelligence to Increase Integrity and Improve Food Safety

Learn how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help answer critical audit chain questions and how to easily apply this game-changing technology today. No data-science know-how needed. Go beyond random samples and finally analyze 100% of your audit data. AI automatically detects anomalies, risks, and root causes, while smart dashboards help you cut the noise and focus on what is important. See how applied AI assists in assuring integrity, safety, and efficiency in every step of the audit chain.

Head of Intact Analytics
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Networking Break

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1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Ask GFSI: The Global Markets Strategic Review

Like the GFSI itself, the Global Markets Programme is modernising. As part of this process, GFSI is launching a consultation for the strategic review of the Global Markets Programme. We encourage all interested stakeholders to participate in shaping the future of GFSI’s food safety capability building programme. Of course, this session is the perfect time for you to come prepared with questions on the future of the Global Markets Programme, its ambitions, how to improve capability building and the consultation process as a whole.

Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
Senior Director, Global Food Safety Risk Management, Global Supply Chain
McDonald’s Corporation
Vice President - Corporate Food Technology and Regulatory Compliance
The Kroger Co.
Senior Project Manager GFSI
The Consumer Goods Forum
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Tech Talk 3 - Orkin: Stay Audit-Ready with Orkin’s Digital Documentation

Pest control is an important part of every major food safety audit, accounting for up to 20 percent of your total score. Highly regulated facilities like yours require detailed records to demonstrate food safety and compliance. Learn more about Orkin’s digital documentation offerings to keep pest management records easily accessible to your team and auditors, as well as provide insights on trends that will help make your pest management program more effective.

BCE, VP Quality Assurance and Technical Services
Orkin, LLC
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Tech Talk 4 - EAGLE Certification Group: The Process Approach in Food Safety

Food manufacturing is defined as a process industry. As a result, global brand manufacturers adopt a process approach for both their operations and compliance programs. So what is the process approach and how does it work? Organizations use processes to achieve their food safety objectives. Certification Programme Owners (CPOs) define requirements for processes in a food safety management system (FSMS). The management system is designed to integrate processes and measures to meet these objectives and requirements. With this in mind, processes define interrelated activities and checks, to deliver intended outputs. A process approach demands risk-based thinking to improve process outputs and prevent undesirable results. As organizations evolve from a procedure-based FSMS to a process-based FSMS there is a paradigm shift from uniformity of routines to uniformity of outputs. By fully understanding the process approach the benefit is enhanced trust by meeting food safety requirements. This tech talk from EAGLE will explain the concept and supporting tools such as Turtle and SIPOC diagrams, Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) methodology, process based auditing techniques and the use of risk registers. All of which can deliver systematic management of planning, implementation, checks and improvement of processes and a food safety management system as a whole.

Managing Director
EAGLE Certification Group
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Networking Break

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3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ask GFSI: G2B and Public-Private Partnerships

The G2B meetings started in 2016 and provide a unique forum where the private sector, government food safety officials and international governmental organisations can engage in open discussions around food safety trends, opportunities and challenges. It focuses on the role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the benchmarking of accredited third-party certification in the global context of food safety supply chains and international standards. This is your chance to explore with the GFSI team the importance of public-private partnerships, the outputs of the G2B meetings and on issues and challenges associated with third-party certification within the regulatory context.

Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
VP, Chief Food Safety Officer
Senior Project Manager GFSI
The Consumer Goods Forum
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Tech Talk 5 - FoodLogiQ: Executing Tech-Enabled Audits in a Post-COVID World

Food safety audits are an essential practice for monitoring, managing and upholding product consistency, brand quality and regulatory compliance. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, methods for executing food safety audits have largely shifted, and with them, a reliance on hybrid, digital formats has emerged. In a New Normal and a ​New Era of Smarter Food Safety​, tech-enabled auditing has become a central component of modern food safety compliance.

Join this Tech Talk to understand key strategies for executing tech-enabled audits to mitigate risk, uphold compliance and deliver on brand promise. Led by FoodLogiQ, the leading SaaS provider of food safety compliance, traceability, recall management and supply chain transparency solutions.

Chief Operating Officer
Vice President of Client Solutions
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Tech Talk 6 - 3M: From Data to Knowledge: Using Advanced Technologies to Drive a Preventive Approach to Food Safety

For many years, food companies have invested in the collection of food safety data which are typically used for reactive go/no-go decisions, such as “the room and equipment is/is-not clean to run,” “pathogens were/were not found in the production area.” After decisions are made, the data are often forgotten, hidden away in binders, providing no further value to the company.

In this session, we’ll discuss how you can leverage advanced technologies to do more with your data, to bring it out of the lab and utilize it to drive a preventive approach to food safety. You’ll see examples of how to elevate the level of sophistication of your data to help optimize processes, pursue continuous improvement and support a strong food safety culture.

Dr. Jonathan WALSH
Ph.D., EMEA Technical Applications Leader
3M Food Safety
Advanced Application Engineer
3M Food Safety
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Tech Talk 7 - Bayer: Elevating Food Safety Through Digital Pest Management

Technology has a vital role to play in safeguarding human health, hygiene and our food supply. Businesses large and small across industries are increasingly turning to digital tools to help address myriad challenges, using the power of data and automation to problem solve, improve processes and decision making, increase productivity, enhance transparency and create added value from operations to customer experience.

Digitalization plays a particularly important role in food safety. Tools such as “smart” climate controls, automated entryways, environmental sensors and digital pest monitors are helping companies modernize their quality assurance programs, delivering significant safety benefits and improved business outcomes.

Integrated pest management is a critical component of any food safety program, and digital pest management is a rapidly-evolving and expanding area to watch in the food safety space. Digital tools such as rodent monitoring sensors and systems are proving their worth to early adopters, both from a food safety and business perspective. These tools can help better protect operations from pest infestations and the related risks of disease, product loss and recalls and help ensure that facilities are audit-ready and compliant with complex regulations such as FSMA.

Through science-based, IPM approaches, Bayer offers a range of solutions that protect public health, improve environments and ensure food safety – from farm to fork. The Bayer Rodent Monitoring System gives your team the ability to monitor and detect pests remotely 24/7, helping you sustainably protect your business and remain compliant and audit ready, always.

Business Lead, Digital Pest Management
Bayer Environmental Science
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Tech Talk 8 - Lloyd’s Register: Using Data & Analytics To Improve Food Safety and Drive Supply Chain Integrity

The digital revolution has extended at pace over the previous 12 months. Explore with Lloyd’s Register, how technology can help drive transparency and enhance food safety throughout your supply chain. Learn how leaders within the food manufacturing sector have overcome barriers and are working to adopt data & analytical tools as a way of augmenting and improving their food safety and supply chain management.

Discover how data collation, configuring and interpretation can provide real insight and reduce the risk for your customers. Food safety truly is 24/7 and enhances in technology allows you to go beyond the traditional safeguards.

Stuart KELLY
Global Sales Director, Business Assurance
Lloyd’s Register
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Tech Talk 9 - Novolyze: Food Safety in action – case studies where Food Safety meets Digital Transformation at the factory

WHO estimates that each year in the world, roughly 600 million people or 1 in 10, get sick after eating contaminated food, resulting in the death of 420,000 people. The joint mission between the food industry, academia and regulatory agencies is to reduce the number of foodborne illnesses. Digitalization is a critical step in improving food safety, traceability, and quality programs to decrease the room for error. In July 2020, US-FDA released the Smarter Food Safety ERA Blueprint. FDA intends to support food brands adopt business models and standards surrounding Key Data Elements and Critical Tracking Events, part of their digitalization efforts. This new approach to food safety will leverage technology and tools to create a safer digital traceable food system. There are four foundational pillars that cover a range of technologies, analytics, business models, modernization, and values.

Many companies are poised to adopt at least a few digitalization modules and are test driving digitalization in areas such as process and sanitation controls, environmental monitoring, recalls, supplier management and verification systems. They are seeing benefits in speed, efficiency, centralized data management and compliance.

Several open questions remain: What is harder to achieve? What tools exist today and what are missing? How does digitalization actually bridge gaps and how does it work in plants? How does it increase return on investment (ROI) while maintaining regulatory compliance and enhancing quality of product. Come and hear about digitalization in action with case studies and use cases.

VP Food Safety
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual GFSI Conference 2021 Closing

As the virtual GFSI Conference comes to a close, we will reflect on what we have seen and heard over the past few days and what that means for the GFSI community moving forward. We will also be announcing the new GFSI Steering Committee and introducing them to everyone. So, don’t leave early, we have saved the best till last!

Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Consumer Goods Forum
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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