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PARIS and Tokyo, 15th December 2021 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety, and the Japan Food Safety Management Association (JFSM), are pleased to announce that JFS-C Standard Version 3.0 has successfully achieved recognition against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.

 Tetsuro Ohba P.h.D, President of JFSM said: “Re-benchmarking only three years after our initial recognition in 2018 has been another adventure and a new challenge for JFSM. Consecutive recognition by GFSI is our pride and growth as a Certification Programme Owner (CPO) in Asia. JFSM has committed to continue the pursuit of improved food safety management across the food industry and the food supply chain.”

Marie-Claude Quentin, GFSI Senior Technical Manager, added: “We’re very pleased for JFSM to have successfully completed their re-assessment, and to have watched them evolve over the past three years since their first recognition. Their success helps GFSI increase its reach in Asia and deliver our purpose of ensuring “safe food for people everywhere” in this region.

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About the GFSI Benchmarking Process

Benchmarking is a procedure by which a food safety Certification Program Owner (CPO) is compared to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. The process is designed to be executed in an independent, unbiased, technically proficient and transparent manner. A program is ‘recognised’ by GFSI when it has been verified that it meets every single GFSI benchmarking requirement, both in procedures and in operations. An independent benchmark leader, supported by the GFSI Technical Manager, assesses whether the application meets GFSI requirements, followed by a public consultation period that is open to all GFSI Stakeholders. The benchmark leader and GFSI Technical Manager then make a recommendation to the GFSI Steering Committee regarding recognition of the programme. The full process is defined in the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements.

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 Japan Food Safety Management Association (JFSM)
Japan Food Safety Management Association was established in 2016 by a preparatory committee comprising 45 of Japan’s leading food companies. JFS standards, which was developed as Japan original food safety management standards, have been well recognised by FBOs (Food Business Operators) in Japan, and the number of registered sites has been rapidly growing. JFSM is looking forward to extending the operation to other countries to support FBOs there to promote their food safety governance with JFS standards. To learn more, please visit www.jfsm.or.jp.

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