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New Platform Will Make It Easier for Users to Distinguish GFSI-Recognised Certificates from Non-recognised and Fake Certificates

Paris, 7 December 2021 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety is delighted to announce that it has signed an agreement with Webnet for the development of its proprietary certificate platform – a live, online repository of all certificates issued against GFSI-recognised Certification Programmes, available to anybody who needs to verify the validity of such certificates.

This project, a key feature of GFSI’s Race to the Top, strongly demonstrates GFSI’s commitment to deliver trust, transparency and confidence in food safety certification. The project is a response to the feedback of many GFSI stakeholders who reported that it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish GFSI-recognised certificates from non-recognised certificates or differentiate valid certificates from fraudulent ones. The new platform is, therefore, much anticipated within the GFSI community.

To select the right partner for this critical project, GFSI ran a public request for proposals throughout August and September 2021 and conducted a series of in-depth reviews of the offers received against defined criteria linked to GFSI’s priorities, status as a not-for-profit and ambition to improve food safety for people everywhere. At the end of this stringent and comprehensive process, Webnet scored the highest with their offer to develop a fully customised solution that will be owned by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and answer GFSI’s very specific requirements.

Marie-Claude Quentin, Senior Technical Manager for GFSI, said, “These are exciting times for the Race to the Top as we are move towards implementation on all projects after over a year of extensive consultation. GFSI’s certificate platform will provide the much-needed transparency and one-stop shop service many of our stakeholders have been waiting for. I am pleased we have now started its development and I look forward to its launch.”

Roy Kirby, Former Global Director of Microbiology, Food Safety and Toxicology at Mondelēz International, said “As the Co-chair of the GFSI Steering Committee, I am really excited by this significant step forward in keeping GFSI at the forefront of food safety. Access to a single directory of companies certified to a GFSI-recognised programme is crucial to all our businesses who rely on GFSI recognition as one of the ways we continue to deliver safe food to people everywhere.”

As part of its development, GFSI’s certificate platform will go through a series of tests, for which GFSI will be calling on volunteers from targeted user groups. To this end, we invite you to follow GFSI news for updates on GFSI’s certificate search solution and on all general Race to the Top developments.

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About GFSI
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI; the Coalition) is a CEO-led Coalition of Action from The Consumer Goods Forum, bringing together 34 retailers and manufacturers and an extended food safety community to help oversee food safety standards for businesses and help provide access to safe food for people everywhere. As one of the world’s largest networks to help achieve safe food , GFSI is committed to making food safety everyone’s business and the Coalition members are addressing challenges facing food safety systems in their supply chains and the markets they operate in, and are helping to raise the food safety bar globally. Its ambition is to strengthen and harmonise food safety systems so they are able to feed the growing, global population and develop markets that can deliver food safely, no matter where in the world the consumer is. To learn more, visit www.mygfsi.com.

For further information, contact Lisa Prévert, Senior Communications Manager, The Consumer Goods Forum: l.prevert@theconsumergoodsforum.com

About Webnet
Webnet supports its customers in their projects of innovation, integration of new technologies and digital transformation. Born with the arrival of the web in France more than 25 years ago, Webnet grows with a vision: technology will revolutionize the daily life of millions of men and women. Constantly evolving, Webnet continually adopts new technologies to guarantee the performance and durability of the solutions developed for its customers while allowing them to centralize their skills management over a maximum of back and front-end technologies. To learn more, visit www.webnet.fr.

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