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The GFSI China Local Group was founded in 2013 and aims to elevate consumer confidence in food safety in China by leveraging GFSI’s philosophy and approach to harmonise and improve food safety management systems in Chinese companies.

The group also aims to establish a mutual recognition system based on GFSI’s vision to connect food purchasers and manufacturers, advancing the “once certified, recognised everywhere” idea in the Chinese market.

Furthermore, the Local Group provides a platform to promote exchange and collaboration among all stakeholders (government, industry, and academia, etc.) to advance food safety in China and globally.

What We Do

To implement GFSI’s strategic priorities locally, a reorganisation of the Chinese task forces took place in May 2018. The China Local Group consists of four task forces governed by the Steering Committee.

1. Certification Programmes, Harmonisation & Implementation Task Force – Objectives:

  • Promote and expand the image of GFSI-Recognised Certification Programmes
  • Promote GFSI-Recognised Certification Programmes to external stakeholders (e.g. government, associations, and academic institutes)

2. Capability Building Task Force – Objectives:

  • Provide tools and methods to enhance the level of food safety management in companies
  • Broaden the awareness of capability building efforts
  • Leverage internal and external resources to help companies gradually achieve GFSI-Recognition after completing the Global Markets Programme

3. Collaboration and Regulatory Affairs Task Force – Objectives:

  • Establish effective communication channels with governments and institutions on food safety topics
  • Promote food safety culture in China, eg. food safety culture tour, toolkits and best practice sharing
  • Contribute to China’s regulatory development with domestic and international industrial experience

4. E-Commerce Food Safety Task Force – Objectives

  • Re-organise the Internet Food Safety Task Force as the pilot sub-working group under GFSI in the wake of the fast developing food selling market in China
  • Engage more e-commerce companies into the task force in order to encourage the self-discipline of the e-commerce industry and establish the communication channel between supervision departments and industry stakeholders
  • Establish guidelines on how to manage food safety risk in an e-commerce supply chain and share with the GFSI community
Steering Committee Co-Chairs:
  • Zhigang Yang – Mengniu Dairy Group
  • Kelvin Chen- Wumart and Metro China
  • Imro Birtantie-  Nestlé China Limited
  • Zhigang Chen – COFCO
  • Maggie Cai- Yum China
  • Yvonne CaoWant – Want China
  • Huawen Huang – RT-Mart
  • Wei Huang – COFCO Wines and Spirits
  • Yaling Jia – Freshippo
  • Rong Jiao- Carrefour China
  • Jason LiuTing – Hsin International Group
  • Tom Tang – Walmart China
  • Yajing Wang – Newhope Liuhe
  • Huiming Wang – Bright Dairy
  • Jie Xu – Danone China
  • Qi Yang – Starbucks Coffee AP LTD
  • Heidi Yao PepsiCo Foods (China) CO. LTD
  • Yunling Zheng – Cargill China
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