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It is becoming increasingly clear that local and well-informed food systems are critical in driving progress against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to the overall food security of future generations. Yet there is a lack of coordinated global support for businesses to build food safety capabilities, meet customer and regulatory requirements and supply safe food to local and global markets.

As the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), our ambition is to create and enhance food safety capability in food business operators (FBOs) no matter their size or location in the world by ensuring GFSI’s Global Markets Programme evolves to meet the demands of a changing food safety ecosystem.

Since its launch, GFSI’s step-by-step capability building programme, the Global Markets Programme (GMaP), has benefited countless stakeholders around the globe. We cannot, however, be complacent, particularly at a time when food systems are arguably under more stress than ever before. In the fall of 2020, we began consulting with all stakeholder groups, including current and previous users of the programme (food business operators spanning manufacturing, retail and food service), regulators, certification programme owners, certification bodies, training providers, NGOs, IGOs, trade associations, GFSI Steering Committee members and previous award winners.

This report provides a summary of the responses we received, what we learned throughout this consultative process, and what we propose to do next. We believe this provides a transparent and robust basis upon which to shape our capability building activities going forward in consultation with our stakeholders.

In a special episode of the GFSI podcast, host Linda Okpala passes the baton to special guest host Erica Sheward, GFSI Director, who speaks with guests, Tom Wiester, Vice President, Global Food Safety, Science Affairs & Public Health at the Starbucks Coffee Company and Anne Gerardi, GFSI Senior Manager. They share insights on why this work is so critical – now more than ever, what prompted this strategic review, and what stakeholders want to see next from GFSI when it comes to building food safety capabilities worldwide.

We invite you to listen to the podcast below and consult the report here.


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