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PARIS, 3rd June 2021 — The Global Food Safety Imitative (GFSI; the Coalition), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety, is opening a new stakeholder consultation to collect feedback on a set of proposed changes to the primary scopes of recognition of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements and a brand new scope addressing service provision.  

This consultation presents the result of three Technical Working Groups: “pre-harvest handling of farmed animals”, “service provision”, and “managing risks in produce”. Over the last two years, these Working Groups have worked to deliver:

  •  A complete review of the content of the following scopes:
    • AI: Farming of Animals for Meat/Milk/Eggs/Honey
    • AII: Farming of Fish and Seafood
    • BI: Farming of Plants (Other Than Grains and Pulses)
    • BII: Farming of Grains and Pulses 
    • BII: Pre-Process Handling of Plant Products 
  • A brand-new scope of the Benchmarking Requirements
    • H: Provision of Food Safety Services 

Marie-Claude Quentin, GFSI Senior Technical Manager, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “We are delighted at the completion of these two important pieces of work set to continue to strengthen the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements, completing our ambition to ensure GFSI is relevant to the industry sectors we set requirements for and that we cover the entire supply chain. We would like to thank everyone who took part in these Working Groups, for their commitment and ongoing support”. 

48 experts took part in the valuable review across the three Working Groups. The full list of experts may be found here and here.  

How to Participate in the Consultation

To participate in this consultation, simply download the documents to review here. Amongst the documents, you will find:

  1. A document including the entire new proposed scope H for the provision of services with an impact on food safety.
  2. A document highlighting all the changes suggested to the primary scopes (AI, AII, BI, BII, BIII). Some of those changes affect requirements (key elements) present in several other GFSI scopes of recognition, so be sure to consider this when reviewing them. The impact of each proposed change is detailed in the document for your reference.

Submit Your Comments

You can document any suggestions you have to improve on the proposal from the Working Groups onto the response form provided amongst the consultation documents. Once you have completed your review, you can send your comments to gfsibm@theconsumergoodsforum.com before the 8th July 2021.

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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 Lee Green, Communications Director, The Consumer Goods Forum: l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com 

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