KUALA LUMPUR, 11th February, 2015 – The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) today announced that for the first time, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Global Food Safety Conference, the number one food safety event in the world will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This marks the first time the world’s number one food safety event is hosted in Asia after 13 successful editions in Europe and North America.
- The Consumer Goods Forum GFSI Global Food Safety Conference 2015 convenes in Kuala Lumpur 3rd – 5th March
- First time the world’s premium food safety event is hosted in Asia
- Over 800 global delegates expected to attend
Themed “Food Safety: A Shared Responsibility”, the GFSI Global Food Safety Conference 2015 will bring together 800 leading food safety experts from the world’s largest manufacturers, retailers and service providers in Kuala Lumpur to address the serious issues of today’s food industry from both a global and Asia-Pacific perspective.
Datuk Dr. Rebecca Sta Maria, Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry will be on one of the key speakers for this esteemed conference. Also speaking will be Puan Noraini Binti Dato’ Mohd Othman, Senior Director, Ministry of Health.
Combining East and West expertise
The GFSI Global Food Safety Conference provides delegates with the opportunity to network with industry peers, share innovative ideas and receive thought-provoking presentations by internationally-respected industry experts. GFSI board members including Cenk Gurol, Vice President, AEON, Anthony C. Huggett, Vice President Quality Management, Nestlé and Neil Marshall, Global Director of Quality and Food Safety, Coca Cola will share their knowledge on how to implement best practice into the workplace.
The Consumer Goods Forum has developed a dedicated event programme using Steering Committees in both Western Europe and the Far East, to ensure that content is truly global, while also being highly locally relevant.
Addressing the growing threat to food safety across the supply chain
Food safety scares in China and Japan over the past year coupled with the consuming class in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) set to double to 263 million households by 2030 (McKinsey & Company, 2014) is evident food safety remains a problem at a regional level which has global ramifications for consumers.
The GFSI Global Food Safety Conference will bring together the best-in-class speakers to deliver a hands-on programme to help address the risk across the food value chain:
- Speakers will address the central theme of safety as a shared responsibility by exploring the challenges and emerging risks across the supply chain and the impact these have on consumer trust.
- Case studies will be presented detailing incidents of food contamination and successful programs to limit food hazards, including improved labelling and third-party certification.
- In addition to the speaker line-up reflecting the diversity of the food industry, the Programme also offers a complete “Farm to Fork” Discovery Tour Discovery designed to give delegates an insight into how food safety is managed in local supply chains.
- The event also includes the annual GFSI Stakeholder Meeting, an open interactive forum with food safety stakeholders.
- The Meeting exemplifies GFSI’s approach to working with and for the industry to turn collective concerns into collaborative solutions.
Véronique Discours-Buhot, Head of GFSI at The Consumer Goods Forum, commented: “Safe food is critical to our wellbeing and livelihoods depend on it. There are still high costs and confusion associated with food safety that can be harmonised within the consumer goods industry. As each year goes by, we have seen more companies improve their sourcing strategies but more work is needed to address the importance of securing the food supply chain.
There is a real opportunity to engage with a wide audience on the importance of improving efficiency in food safety management. Hosting The Global Food Safety Conference in one of Asia’s premier business hubs is a natural fit in order to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to seven billion consumers worldwide.”
ABOUT THE GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INITIATIVE
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI was launched in 2000 following a number of food safety crises when consumer confidence was at an all-time low. Its collaborative approach to food safety brings together international food safety experts from the entire food supply chain at technical working group and stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events to share knowledge and promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry.
ABOUT THE CONSUMER GOODS FORUM
GFSI is managed by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global, parity-based industry network, driven by its members. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of over 650 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders across 70 countries and reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Forum member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.1 trillion. With its headquarters in Paris and its regional offices in Washington, D.C., and Tokyo, the CGF serves its members throughout the world.
For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.