TOKYO, 6th March 2018 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the Chilean food safety and quality agency, ACHIPA, have confirmed a strategic partnership, focusing on piloting operational approaches on food safety culture, building food safety capacity in Chilean facilities based on the GFSI’s Global Markets Programme and identifying opportunities for collaboration at a regional and global level. The agreement, confirmed by the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture, is part of GFSI’s mission to build more public-private partnerships (PPPs) between companies, government regulators and intergovernmental organisations, reducing trade barriers and harmonising global food safety legislation. The partnership was announced at the Global Food Safety Conference in Tokyo, the industry’s annual rendezvous to advance food safety globally.
It’s the latest in a series of key announcements relating to GFSI’s public-private partnership strategy. Governments have clearly observed that closer partnerships with businesses provide them with access to private sector expertise and best practices. In addition, they are able to benefit from GFSI’s food safety capability-building expertise and core curriculum, which can be found in the GFSI’s Global Markets Programme, a framework outlining how countries with underdeveloped food safety systems can reduce hazards in supply chains and improve market access.
Michel Leporati, Head of ACHIPIA, expressed enthusiasm about the agreement. “Deepening partnerships with food safety regulators is a critical part of advancing sustainable food safety on a global scale. In today’s complex global food supply ecosystem, any one company or country in isolation cannot achieve food safety objectives. The partnership is essential for Chile”.
Erich Jaeger, VP of Food Safety for Walmart Chile and Argentina and leader of the GFSI Chile team, commented, “The partnership will provide all parties with guidance through the Global Markets Programme, supporting Chilean companies with underdeveloped food safety systems and buyers, as well as helping to address food safety challenges. The agreement will also reduce hazards and enhance market access through enrolment in the GFSI’s recognised certification programmes”.
Mike Robach, Chairman of the GFSI Board of Directors and VP, Food Safety, at Cargill, stated, “This agreement presents an opportunity for greater alignment between private and public approaches, improved regulatory efficiencies, and trading activity and is another key milestone for delivering GFSI objective of safer food for consumers everywhere”.
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