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GFSI working groups bring together volunteer food industry experts from around the world to work on a range of topics that have been prioritised by the GFSI Steering Committee. Their goal is to help GFSI pursue its key objectives of harmonisation and capability building by delivering credible and practical guidelines and insight into strategic food safety issues.

Who is Involved

GFSI Working Groups are composed of experts from retailers, manufacturers, food service operators, service providers, certification programme owners, certification bodies, accreditation bodies, academia, and industry associations. Priority is given to candidates from CGF member companies. However the objective is to form a multi-stakeholder group of experts on a given issue. This strengthens the quality of the groups’ output.

How to Participate

When a new working group is created, calls for participation are made. Applications are open to all and rated against  selection criteria based on the needs of each project. To receive announcements about new groups, please make sure you are following GFSI News, emailings, LinkedIn Group and Twitter feed.

Working Groups

The Group’s Mandate

The Government-to-Business (G2B) Organising Committee is responsible for the planning and implementation of the 2021 G2B Meeting. The G2B Organising Committee will consider current issues impacting food safety and regulatory oversight and identify subject areas that would benefit from further focused examination. In addition to defining the main thematic areas for discussion, the G2B Organising Committee will also determine the most appropriate means (e.g. workshops, plenaries etc.) to facilitate the dialogue and identify the logistical requirements. You can read the full mandate here.

The Group’s Members

The Group’s Mandate

This Working Group is set up to provide an objective review of best practices in the production of leafy greens around the world in response to recent food safety issues in this industry and advise GFSI on the content of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements

  • Continuing the work of a GFSI Task Force on a risk-based approach to managing and auditing primary production sites.
  • Strengthening the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements part III for the primary production scopes.
    GFSI is expecting this group to bring clarity to the industry on those 2 topics through a thorough literature review and the use of worldwide expertise.

The Group’s Members

  • Larry Kohl, Ahold Delhaize
  • Tony Banegas, Bonduelle Fresh Americas (Ready Pac Foods, Inc.)
  • Heather Gale, CanadaGAP
  • Greg Komar, CA LGMA
  • Kaarin Goodburn, Chilled Food Association
  • DeAnn Davis, Western Growers Association
  • Patricia Contreras, Dole Fresh Vegetables
  • Lacy Litten, Innovative Produce
  • Susanna Fernandes, Jeronimo Martins
  • Angela Lazzerini, Muzzi Family Farms
  • Sharon Jones, OneHarvest
  • Trevor Suslow, Produce Marketing Association
  • Simon Thorpe, Red Tractor Assurance
  • Jeff Lucas, Silliker-Merieux NutriSciences
  • Carrie Hacha, Yum! Brands
  • Alex Doyle, Woolworths
  • Mabel Gil, CEBAS-CSIS
  • Jennifer Dougherty, US Department of Agriculture AMS

The Group’s Mandate

The Stakeholder Advisory Forum’s mandate is to advise the GFSI Steering Committee on amendments to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements so as to ensure they remain current and aligned with the food safety trends of the market.

The Group’s Members

  • Andrew Clarke, Loblaw – Co-Chair
  • Syed Hassan, PepsiCo – Co-Chair
  • Adam Zamorski, Mondelez
  • Christophe Boulais, Danone
  • Elisa Gredilla Zazo, ENAC
  • Elsabe Matthee, FSSC22000
  • Jeremy Chamberlain, SGS
  • Joachim Schulz, IFS Certification
  • LeAnn Chuboff, SQFI
  • Martin Fowell, Merieux Nutrisciences Corporation
  • Nikki Jackson, ANAB
  • Patrick Pimentel, Walmart
  • Sophie Kaiser, Develey Senf & Feinkost GmbH
  • Karen Betts, BRC GS
  • Cornela Wenhold , GlobalGAP

The Group’s Mandate

The GFSI Codex Committee was created to contribute to all relevant Codex matters, bringing industry expertise in food safety management systems and regulatory science, advocating a science-based approach and collaborating with the Codex community to drive GFSI’s strategic objectives around harmonisation, capacity building and public-private partnerships. The GFSI Benchmarking Requirements refer to and are based on relevant Codex Alimentarius guidelines, which are internationally recognised references in food safety. Learn more.


  • advise the GFSI Board on Codex, IGOs and international standard-setting bodies
  • identify Codex topics with highest impact for the food industry around food safety management systems and accredited third-party certification
  • identify the relevant Codex commissions and topics based on interest for GFSI and potential to be reflected in the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements

Committee Role

  • read texts around the revision of Codex standards, craft and communicate GFSI positions on the revisions
  • coordinate with experts from GFSI working groups, Local Groups and the Stakeholder Advisory Forum to promote harmonisation of Codex and GFSI positions
  • continuously re-evaluate GFSI engagement at Codex and based on respective priorities
  • bring up proactive topics to CODEX as and when needed
  • participate in annual CAC (overarching Codex executive commission) to represent GFSI’s strategic objectives

The Group’s Members

  • Himanshu Gupta, Nestlé (Chair)
  • Sandra Stanley, Southern Tea (Vice-Chair)
  • Isabelle Subiraden Danone
  • Susanne Kettler, Mondelez
  • Jacqueline Dillon, Pepsico
  • Tom Carrington, Amazon
  • Sunil Adsule, Coca Cola
  • Kazuaki Miyagishima, Advisor, AEON CO., LTD.
  • Roberto Buttini, Vice President of Global Quality & Food Safety, Barilla
  • Susan Glander, Marketing Director – Global Corporate Accounts, Ecolab
  • Chandaka Ratnapala, Head of Quality – Fresh Food and Customer Sensory, Woolworths
  • Deepa Thiagarajan, Director, Food Systems, Standards, and Value Chain Programs, Michigan State University
  • Eric Timmermans, Corporate Director – Quality, FrieslandCampina
  • Barbara VanRenterghem, Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine
  • Petra Wissenburg, SVP Global Brands, GREENFENCE

150+ companies and organisations have collaborated with GFSI in over 30 Technical Working Groups. See some of the finished Technical Working Groups below, and view our Alumni page to see community members who have contributed to GFSI’s working groups over the years.

  • Auditor Training and Professional Development
  • Race to the Top Feature 2
  • Expert Panel on ICT in Food Safety Audits
  • Services Provision
  • Pre-Harvest Handling of Terrestrial Animals and Farmed Seafood
  • Chemicals in Food Hygiene
  • Global Markets Programme Primary Production
  • Global Markets Programme Implementation
  • Food Safety Culture
  • GFSI Regional Outreach
  • Global Markets Strategy
  • Food Service Catering Scope
  • Regional Expansion
  • GFSI Benchmarking Requirements V7
  • Auditor Competence
  • Packaging
  • Animal Conversion
  • Retail/Wholesale
  • Storage and Distribution
  • GFSI Guidance Document
  • Global Markets Communication
  • Global Markets Training Framework
  • Global Regulatory Affairs
  • Accreditation Task Force
  • Auditor Competence Scheme Committee
  • Food Brokers/Agents
  • Supply Chain
  • Guidance Document Revision
  • Best Food Safety Practice and Benchmarking
  • Global Markets
  • Communication and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Hygienic Design
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