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PARIS, 4th January 2022 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is pleased to announce that applications are now open to all those eligible to join the GFSI Steering Committee. This round of applications and elections comes as part of the new Governance Rules published in 2021 in line with GFSI’s move to a Coalition of Action of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). The governance rules stipulate that a short window of application will be opened quarterly for nomination and election of eligible individuals to the GFSI Steering Committee.

The GFSI Steering Committee is made up of senior food safety leaders from both retailer and manufacturer members of the CGF Coalition of Action on Food Safety. Each member is nominated directly by their company’s CEO and commits to supporting the three strategic priorities of GFSI – harmonising and benchmarking food safety certification programmes, building food safety capabilities and fostering public-private partnerships. Current Steering Committee members are:

  • Barbara Masters, Tyson Foods
  • Cliona Murphy, PepsiCo
  • David Rasmussen, Kraft Heinz
  • Howard Popoola, The Kroger Co.
  • Hugo Byrnes, Ahold Delhaize
  • Kazuaki Miyagishima, Aeon
  • Mark Fryling, General Mills
  • Michael McDonald, Mars, Incorporated
  • Monique Pellegrino, Danone
  • Natalie Dyenson, Dole Food Company
  • Natalia Sommer, Magnit
  • Natasha Matyasova, Nestlé
  • Nelum Vithana, Cargills
  • Pierre de Ginestel, Auchan
  • Ray Bowe, Musgrave
  • Roy Kirby, Mondelēz International
  • Sara Mortimore, Walmart
  • Sean Leighton, Cargill
  • Tom Wiester, Starbucks
  • Tracy Burton, Unilever
  • Vaneska Mattos, Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Zoltan Syposs, The Coca-Cola Company

GFSI Director Erica Sheward said, “Without the dedication of the individuals on the GFSI Steering Committee – some of the greatest minds in food safety – GFSI would certainly not be where it is today. There is still much to do, and we need to ensure we have the most driven food safety leaders to take on the challenges ahead. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be able to broaden participation in the GFSI SteerCo by offering routine opportunities for new members to join us.”

Applications will be open from 4th to 31st January 2022. To learn more about the eligibility criteria and application process, please consult the GFSI Governance Rules (pages 13-14) and fill out the application form here. Applications should be sent to gfsinfo@theconsumergoodsforum.com by midnight CET on 31st January 2022. If you require further information, please contact GFSI Director Erica Sheward.

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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

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