GFSI is opening two new stakeholder consultations, a vital step in the benchmarking of JFS-C and ASIAGAP against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Version 7.1.
The Japan Food Safety Management Association (JFSM) and the Japan GAP Foundation (JGF) put their programmes forward for assessment against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements for the first time this year. GFSI is pleased to receive applications from new certification programmes and values the opportunity to continue working towards the harmonisation of programmes around the world.
Japan has a unique traditional food culture, “washoku”. Most traditional foods are manufactured or processed by small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Such food business operators (FBOs) have been developing best practices to ensure food safety as well as its quality on their own.
In 2014, major FBOs in Japan started to discuss the development of requirements for food safety management systems and organised a committee for open discussions with many stakeholders. Their efforts over two years resulted in a certification programme for food safety management to adapt to their food safety culture as well as to improve harmonisation with international standards.
In 2016, JFSM, a general incorporated foundation formed under Japanese law, was established. JFSM published a certification programme for food safety management systems called the “JFS-C scheme”.
The JFS-C scheme is the internationally harmonised management system referring to ISO/IEC 17011:2017, ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, and ISO/TS 22003:2013. JFSM is now seeking GFSI recognition for “Processing of Ambient Stable Products (EIV)” and will gradually expand its application to other sectors.
Japan GAP Foundation (JGF) was originally founded as a non-profit organisation in 2006 and was incorporated in 2015. JGF has been operating actively to develop GAP as a farm management norm for producing agricultural products expected by consumers, and to contribute to the establishment of sustainable agriculture and society with consideration of food safety, environmental conservation, occupational safety and human rights.
For the most part, agriculture in Japan has historically maintained high standards to practice good agricultural production complying to the needs of customers and consumers. Now, further progress is greatly expected, especially in terms of food safety across the whole value chain.
ASIAGAP, as a GAP standard, will be a tool to share the GFSI approach to food safety and farm management with Asian nations through the enhancement of the ASIAGAP programme.
JGF sincerely hopes for ASIAGAP to be positively assessed by GFSI in order to promote high the GFSI benchmark standard and enlighten, guide and lead the industry for a better future.
Why a Stakeholder Consultation?
Open stakeholder consultations are an important step in this process to ensure the greatest transparency and objectivity, and are conducted after the desktop self-assessment review and the office visit led by an independent benchmark leader.
How to Participate?
To participate in this consultation, simply download the documents from the consultations page on the GFSI website and send your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 5th October 2018.