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GFSI Launches a Strategic Review of its Technical Equivalence Programme News Update 23 Nov 2021 Benchmarking GFSI Launches a Strategic Review of its Technical Equivalence Programme GFSI is globally renowned as a benchmarking organisation for private food safety certification programmes. Since 2014, GFSI has also administered a much more modest programme of assessment for food safety certification standards owned by public agencies, called Technical Equivalence (TE). Since its launch TE has gained interest from a few eligible organisations. Since its creation, […]
Technical Equivalence: GFSI Opens a New Stakeholder Consultation News Update 25 May 2018 Food Safety Technology Technical Equivalence: GFSI Opens a New Stakeholder Consultation GFSI has opened a new stakeholder consultation. The latest programme owner to have reached this key step in the GFSI Technical Equivalence process is USDA AMS. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Services is responsible for the management and oversight of the USDA Good Agricultural Practices Program. The certification programme, USDA GAP+ was developed under the Agricultural Marketing Act 1946, granting […]
GFSI Announces USDA AMS GAP Plus + Certification Programme Achieves Technical Equivalence News Update 13 Aug 2018 Certification GFSI Announces USDA AMS GAP Plus + Certification Programme Achieves Technical Equivalence   PARIS, 13 August 2018 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has achieved Technical Equivalence against Version 7.1 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements for their Harmonized GAP Plus + certification programme. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Services is responsible for the management and oversight […]
GFSI Embarks on Public-Private Partnership with China’s CNCA to Accelerate Food Safety Development Press Release 03 Nov 2015 Benchmarking GFSI Embarks on Public-Private Partnership with China’s CNCA to Accelerate Food Safety Development BEIJING, 3 November 2015 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) today announces a new public-private partnership with the Chinese government as part of its commitment to leadership in driving food safety on the global, regional and local stage. China is a key link in the global food safety chain and the Chinese government have shown […]
GFSI Announces CGC HACCP and CIPRS+ HACCP Certification Programmes Achieve Technical Equivalence News Update 27 Aug 2018 Certification GFSI Announces CGC HACCP and CIPRS+ HACCP Certification Programmes Achieve Technical Equivalence PARIS, 27 August 2018 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Canadian Grain Commission has achieved Technical Equivalence against Version 7.1 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements for their CGC HACCP and CIPRS+ HACCP certification programmes. Technical Equivalence is limited to government-owned food safety certification programmes. The Technical Equivalence of government-owned certification programmes is an acknowledgment […]
Stakeholder Consultation Opens for China HACCP Technical Equivalence News Update 05 Sep 2019 Consultation Stakeholder Consultation Opens for China HACCP Technical Equivalence   The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is pleased to open a new stakeholder consultation as part of the assessment of the CNCA-owned China HACCP. CNCA was the first governmental agency to apply and successfully complete the Technical Equivalence process. 5 years later, the commitment from CNCA and GFSI to this long-term partnership is still […]
Built-In Hygiene from Farm to Fork: An Update from the GFSI Technical Working Group on Hygienic Design News Update 24 Sep 2019 Food Hygiene Built-In Hygiene from Farm to Fork: An Update from the GFSI Technical Working Group on Hygienic Design One of the best weapons in the arsenal against foodborne illness is equipment designed with hygiene in mind. Many food safety programmes increasingly require food handling and processing equipment to be “hygienic,” but rarely offer practical guidelines for carrying out this requirement. To help clear up the concept of hygienic design, GFSI launched a Technical […]
Technical Equivalence Requirements Version 2020 Publication 23 Mar 2020 GFSI Technical Equivalence Requirements Version 2020
Renewed GFSI-CNCA Collaboration & Other Highlights from the 2019 China Focus Day News Update 17 Oct 2019 Benchmarking Renewed GFSI-CNCA Collaboration & Other Highlights from the 2019 China Focus Day     On 16th October at the GFSI China Focus Day in Chengdu, two momentous events cemented the renewed collaboration between GFSI and CNCA, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China. The two organisations, represented by Mr. Weijun Liu, CNCA and Mike Robach, Chair of the GFSI Board, signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), renewing […]
Where Science Meets Industry: Practical Outcomes of GFSI’s Working Group on Chemicals in Food Hygiene News Update 18 Jun 2019 Food Hygiene Where Science Meets Industry: Practical Outcomes of GFSI’s Working Group on Chemicals in Food Hygiene   The industry deploys many chemicals in their quest to ensure safe food for consumers, including disinfectants, sanitisers and cleaning agents. In response to concerns about the safety of these important products from the European Commission and consumer groups, GFSI organised a Technical Working Group comprised of scientists and industry experts to address the risks […]
Leveraging the Global Food Safety Initiative to Meet China Food Safety Challenges Press Release 03 Nov 2015 Technical Equivalence Leveraging the Global Food Safety Initiative to Meet China Food Safety Challenges 400 Food Safety Specialists Gather in Beijing as New Law Comes Into Effect  3 New Public-Private Partnerships Announced   BEIJING, 3 November 2015 – Today over 400 top food safety executives from China and the rest of the world are gathered in Beijing for the 4th annual GFSI Focus Day China. One month after China’s […]
GFSI: “Safe food for consumers everywhere” – The food world’s biggest story of technical cooperation Blog 17 Sep 2014 GFSI: “Safe food for consumers everywhere” – The food world’s biggest story of technical cooperation If you were working in food safety in the ‘90s, you will remember a series of high-profile international food safety crises. Audit fatigue was prevalent within the industry as retailers and brand manufacturers audited factories against their own standards, developed in isolation and with no consideration of convergence. Fast forward to 2014… If you were working […]
Call for Participation in New Working Group  Managing Risks in Produce and Leafy Greens News Update 12 Sep 2019 Benchmarking Call for Participation in New Working Group Managing Risks in Produce and Leafy Greens GFSI is seeking food safety professionals and primary production experts to participate in a new Technical Working Group (TWG). This group is set to carry out a literature review and provide guidelines on risk management in primary production and leafy greens. “A review of global best practices by this Technical Working Group will assist in […]
Eighteen Years of Acceleration. One Decisive Moment Ahead Blog 19 Dec 2018 GFSI Eighteen Years of Acceleration. One Decisive Moment Ahead   After four years as director of GFSI, I am proud to be able to welcome the GFSI Conference to my home country for the first time during my term. From my director’s seat, I have watched GFSI grow at an unprecedented rate. We now work with more companies, governments, certification programmes than ever before, […]
GFSI Recognises CanadaGAP Scope Extension Press Release 23 Mar 2016 Certification GFSI Recognises CanadaGAP Scope Extension PARIS, 23 March 2016 – The Global Food Safety Initiative Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successful benchmarking of a new scope extension. The CanadaGAP scheme, Option D “Repacking and Wholesaling” has been recognised for its equivalence with the GFSI Guidance Document scope D – Pre-Processing and Handling of Plant Products. This recognition comes upon completion of the […]
GFSI Unveils its New Benchmarking Requirements, Strengthening FMCG Supply Chains Press Release 06 Mar 2018 GFSI Unveils its New Benchmarking Requirements, Strengthening FMCG Supply Chains Global Food Safety Initiative reveals new Benchmarking Requirements, Version 7.2, covering the whole supply chain and focussing on improving auditor competency It’s the latest initiative in GFSI’s mission to advance food safety and encourage industry action Announced at the Global Food Safety Conference in Tokyo, the industry’s annual rendezvous for the advancement of food safety […]
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