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Combining Technology and Culture to Drive Transparency Blog 07 Feb 2020 Blog 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, […]
8 Food Safety Solutions, 15 Minutes Each: What Will You Learn at the GFSI Tech Talks? News Update 06 Feb 2020 News 8 Food Safety Solutions, 15 Minutes Each: What Will You Learn at the GFSI Tech Talks? At the GFSI Conference, a networking break never means a break from the action! To get the most out of the minutes between plenaries and breakout sessions, grab a coffee and make your way to the Presentation Theatre at the heart of the bustling GFSI Village. In this relaxed setting, scientists and experts from around […]
The Consumer is Transforming Food Safety Through Choice and Data Blog 05 Feb 2020 Blog 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 […]
Important Announcement – 2020 GFSI Conference Coronavirus Notice News Update 04 Feb 2020 Important Announcement – 2020 GFSI Conference Coronavirus Notice UPDATED: 18th February 2020 The safety and wellbeing of our delegates and colleagues is a top priority for The Consumer Goods Forum and the GFSI Conference 2020. We are closely monitoring the current coronavirus situation and fully understand the concerns around travelling at this time. Registrations are ongoing and are consistent with previous years. Consistent […]
4 GFSI Myths, Busted: The Truth About Auditors, CPOs and Regulations Blog 04 Feb 2020 Blog 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 […]
GLOBALG.A.P Certification at Closed Plant Factories in Japan News Update 31 Jan 2020 GLOBALG.A.P Certification at Closed Plant Factories in Japan GFSI Japan Local Group Communication WG (GFSI): We spoke with Takao Akita, Executive Officer of Vitec Vegetable Factory Co., Ltd., one of the largest plant factory operators in Japan, which obtained GLOBALG.A.P. for all 5 factories in Japan. Vitec Vegetable Factory Co., Ltd. (VVF): Our parent company is Restar Holdings Corporation (HQ: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo) which […]
Make the Most of Your Mornings with Special Sessions at the GFSI Conference! News Update 30 Jan 2020 Make the Most of Your Mornings with Special Sessions at the GFSI Conference! To get the most out of your week in Seattle, be sure to add some Special Sessions to your conference agenda! Attendees who make time for these sessions, which are held at convenient morning intervals, will be the among the first to learn about the most cutting-edge innovations impacting food safety today.   This year’s […]
Alternative Foods — A Safe, Sustainable & Nutritious Future? Blog 29 Jan 2020 Blog 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 […]
New Public Consultation Open: BRCGS, Packaging Standard Version 6 News Update 28 Jan 2020 New Public Consultation Open: BRCGS, Packaging Standard Version 6 GFSI is opening a new benchmarking consultation and is calling for stakeholder participation and comments.   BRC Global Standards issued a new version of their standard for packaging. Already a GFSI-recognised programme for many scopes, BRCGS wishes to retain the GFSI recognition of their packaging standard with this new version and asked to be re-assessed. […]
“We Aim to Foster an Unwavering Food Safety Culture”: How House Foods America Leverages GFSI to Ensure Continuous Improvement News Update 24 Jan 2020 “We Aim to Foster an Unwavering Food Safety Culture”: How House Foods America Leverages GFSI to Ensure Continuous Improvement     House Foods America is a tofu manufacturer that has achieved GFSI-recognised certification with SQF. Recently, members of GFSI’s Japan Local Group conducted an interview with House Foods America representative Rina Yamada to discuss the company’s journey to GFSI-recognised certification and how they “aim to foster an unwavering food safety culture by allowing each […]
A New Era of Smarter Food Safety: Frank Yiannas of the US FDA Looks to the Future Blog 23 Jan 2020 Blog 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 […]
Developing the Next Generation of Food Safety Leaders Blog 22 Jan 2020 Developing the Next Generation of Food Safety Leaders   The food manufacturing industry is struggling to fill food safety and quality positions. Building your company’s food safety culture is key to attracting, developing and retaining quality talent. AIB International provides the expertise, training and technology to develop the next generation of food safety leaders.   Many companies in the food industry are hungry […]
The Social Element of Food Safety: How to Engage with Consumers in Their Language Blog 21 Jan 2020 Blog 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 […]
New Public Consultation Open: GLOBALG.A.P, Standard IFA for Crops HOP V5.2 News Update 16 Jan 2020 New Public Consultation Open: GLOBALG.A.P, Standard IFA for Crops HOP V5.2   GFSI is opening a new stakeholder consultation, a vital step in the benchmarking of IFA for Crops sub-scope HOP V5.2, a standard from GLOBALG.A.P., against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Version 7.2.   Already one of the GFSI-recognised certification programmes, GLOBALG.A.P. has applied for the benchmarking of their HOP sub-scope for Crops standard to get […]
Ensuring Food Safety and Reducing Food Waste Go Hand in Hand Blog 15 Jan 2020 Blog 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 Blog 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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