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PARIS and WASHINGTON, DC, 14th December 2018 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is delighted to welcome Rishi Banerjee as GFSI Senior Manager for the US and Canada. This represents a significant step in GFSI’s ongoing strategy to further implementation at a regional level while advancing harmonisation at the global level. Meanwhile, the opening of this senior position dedicated to GFSI’s efforts in North America is a strong signal of the region’s importance in the advancement of food safety globally.

GFSI is powered by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global industry network working with its 400+ member companies to support Better Lives Through Better Business. Rishi will join the CGF’s Washington D.C. office, a base to further GFSI’s partnerships with both with regulators and food safety leaders from across the country.

“With the US/Canada region being so critical, I am truly excited about the potential for growth,” says Rishi. “I’m looking forward to building on the existing relationships we have with stakeholders and forging new ones. As new Senior Manager, I’m excited to be the go-to person for the region, improving on operational efficiency.”

Rishi is a well-known figure in the food and regulatory space, joining GFSI as an experienced government affairs and policy professional based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He has a proven track record of fostering public-private partnerships, while his background in microbiology, food industry and regulatory agencies has allowed him to support advocacy initiatives relating to food safety, nutrition and environmental regulations.

Prior to joining the CGF, Rishi served as Consulting Manager at Savan Group, a premier management consulting firm, where he worked with numerous federal agencies to advise their rulemaking activities. He has held both technical and policy positions at FiscalNote, the American Frozen Food Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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About the GFSI

The Global Food Safety Initiative brings together key actors of the food industry to collaboratively drive continuous improvement in food safety management systems around the world with a vision of safe food for consumers everywhere. The GFSI community works on a volunteer basis and is composed of the world’s leading food safety experts from retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as international organisations, governments, academia and service providers to the global food industry. www.mygfsi.com

Press Contact: Lisa Prévert, l.prevert@theconsumergoodsforum.com

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