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Making Informed Decisions Using Quality Product Data Blog 13 May 2020 GFSI Making Informed Decisions Using Quality Product Data Shortly after the 2020 GFSI Conference ended, the world was transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the food supply chain faces unprecedented demand and very little certainty, its role has never been more crucial in getting people all over the world the goods they need. While it’s currently impossible to know the permanent effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, the food industry must remain focused on protecting our […]
Leveling Up Your Logs Blog 29 Apr 2020 GFSI Leveling Up Your Logs   My, how the world has changed in the short time since we were all together in Seattle! It is clear that food safety, even in a time of global crisis, cannot take a back seat. The topics we discussed at this meeting simply can’t be placed on the backburner. If anything, tools that give […]
From Transparency to Traceability Blog 25 Mar 2020 GFSI From Transparency to Traceability Smart businesses are taking proactive steps to share detailed product information with consumers and establish corporate initiatives for transparency and responsible sourcing. But thinking big needs to start small. Meeting large-scale goals begins with a single project, which can then be expanded to include batch lot traceability and other initiatives.   Consumers today want to […]
GFSI 2020 Discovery Tour in Seattle – Recap Blog 19 Mar 2020 GFSI GFSI 2020 Discovery Tour in Seattle – Recap Seattle is a city where many global mega corporations started their businesses. For this year’s GFSI Conference, a Discovery Tour was planned and held in Seattle, in partnership with three famous companies. I am here to recap the Discovery Tour, which took place the day before the Conference and included visits to Costco, Amazon and […]
Brands Must Lean on Consumers to Help Manage Their Supply Chains Blog 18 Mar 2020 GFSI Brands Must Lean on Consumers to Help Manage Their Supply Chains Food companies are part of a connected world where the process is more social, transparent and curated by consumer demands.  The GFSI theme “One Connected World.  One Safe Food Supply” has never been more resonant.  Food recalls, pandemics, climate change, and other global influences dominate the world’s focus, and this is empowering consumers to drive […]
Food Safety and Responsible Sourcing: Adapting to the New Consumer Blog 19 Feb 2020 GFSI Conference Food Safety and Responsible Sourcing: Adapting to the New Consumer GFSI turns 20 in 2020. Initially established to help address consumer concerns in the wake of numerous food safety crises, the Global Food Safety Initiative — and the food industry as a whole — has greatly evolved in the past 20 years.   How has the definition of “food safety” changed in the past 20 […]
Amazon and Tech Entrepreneurs Join Forces at the GFSI Conference Blog 13 Feb 2020 GFSI Conference Amazon and Tech Entrepreneurs Join Forces at the GFSI Conference   Here at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, we’re all looking forward to welcoming the GFSI Conference to our home city. Seattle is the perfect place to host a global food safety rendezvous — not only do we have a great food scene, but we’ve established ourselves as a vibrant tech hub and a hotbed of disruption. […]
Food Safety Starts With Frontline Workers Blog 12 Feb 2020 GFSI Conference Food Safety Starts With Frontline Workers You’ve probably never heard of Hermann Ebbinghaus – he’s a 19th century German psychologist who developed what’s called “The Forgetting Curve,” which shows how information is lost over time when there is no attempt made to retain it.   So how does Dr. Ebbinghaus’ work connect to food safety? His work is more applicable than […]
Combining Technology and Culture to Drive Transparency Blog 07 Feb 2020 GFSI Conference Combining Technology and Culture to Drive Transparency Every year my colleagues and I look forward to the GFSI Conference, the most important global event for food safety in everyone’s calendar. Each year has a different flavour. Last year there was much discussion around how emerging technologies can support standards of food safety more effectively. We presented our two latest technological developments, EyeSucceed, […]
The Consumer is Transforming Food Safety Through Choice and Data Blog 05 Feb 2020 GFSI Conference The Consumer is Transforming Food Safety Through Choice and Data   Cast your mind back twenty years; Google was a private company, the first camera phone had just been invented, there were 1.8 billion fewer people on the planet, and GFSI had only just begun.   Fast forward twenty years, and as Fatboy Slim prophetically sang at the turn of the millennium, we have indeed […]
4 GFSI Myths, Busted: The Truth About Auditors, CPOs and Regulations Blog 04 Feb 2020 GFSI 4 GFSI Myths, Busted: The Truth About Auditors, CPOs and Regulations   There is always more to learn about GFSI! In the months since stepping into the role of Director last October, I’ve been focused on truly understanding the all facets of the critical and unique role GFSI plays in the global food safety ecosystem.   As part of this process, I’ve encountered a few misconceptions […]
Alternative Foods — A Safe, Sustainable & Nutritious Future? Blog 29 Jan 2020 GFSI Conference Alternative Foods — A Safe, Sustainable & Nutritious Future? Plant-based materials — soy, wheat, peas, etc. — and plant-based alternatives to animal products — ‘milks’ and meat — have a long history in many cultures. In recent years, their popularity has expanded as consumers begin to adopt them through personal choice — for example, vegetarians and vegans. Advances in science and technology mean these […]
A New Era of Smarter Food Safety: Frank Yiannas of the US FDA Looks to the Future Blog 23 Jan 2020 GFSI A New Era of Smarter Food Safety: Frank Yiannas of the US FDA Looks to the Future GFSI is entering a new era in 2020, and we’re all involved.   For my part, I’ve been watching GFSI evolve for over a decade. I joined the GFSI Board in 2008, soon after becoming the Vice President of Food Safety at Walmart. That same year, I initiated the infamous “Walmart Letter,” which gave our […]
The Social Element of Food Safety: How to Engage with Consumers in Their Language Blog 21 Jan 2020 GFSI The Social Element of Food Safety: How to Engage with Consumers in Their Language   Do you know what your consumers mean when they say ‘safe food’?   As CEO of the Center for Food Integrity (CFI), I spend my days helping companies learn just that. Through educational opportunities, research initiatives and other programmes, we help the food system understand and earn consumer trust.   GFSI and CFI have […]
Ensuring Food Safety and Reducing Food Waste Go Hand in Hand Blog 15 Jan 2020 GFSI Conference Ensuring Food Safety and Reducing Food Waste Go Hand in Hand   As consumer demands for sustainable food practises increase, more and more retailers and foodservice operators are finding ways to reduce their environmental impact.   We’ve seen this recently with the movement to ban plastic straws in 2018 and the rise in plant-based meat popularity in 2019. Many retailers and foodservice operators have adapted quickly […]
Setting Standards with Science: What ‘Inspect What You Expect’ Means for Food Safety Blog 14 Jan 2020 GFSI Setting Standards with Science: What ‘Inspect What You Expect’ Means for Food Safety   ‘Inspect what you expect’ — in the food safety field, it all starts with science.   During my two decades working with the food industry on microbial safety and quality, I’ve helped companies big and small learn how to inspect what they expect. Today, as President of Etna Consulting, I routinely use this concept […]
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