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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 Board. 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

  • Establish the governance rules that should be in place for all service providers interested in achieving recognition against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements for Training.
  • Set the main content that should be included in the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements for Training.
  • Elaborate the path that would be necessary to implement continuing professional development (CPD) for the maintenance of auditor competency.
  • Create the basis to build up the image of auditing as an attractive career.

The Call for Participation for this group is open until 25th September 2020. To apply, please consult the eligibility criteria and fill in the online application form.

The Group’s Mandate

  • Provide a detailed definition of the services covered within this new proposed scope of the Benchmarking Requirements
  • Produce a review of existing certifications applicable to those services
  • Set Benchmarking Requirements for those specified services
  • Review the Benchmarking Requirements glossary in light of the new scope

The Group’s Members

  • Natsuko Fujiwara, CXS CORPORATION
  • Nydia Orue, CK Orlix SA de CV
  • Kristopher Middleton, EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC INC
  • Tatiana Lorca, ECOLAB, INC.
  • Ayako Okada, BSI GROUP JAPAN K.K.
  • Richard Mallett, HACCP EUROPE
  • Jeffrey Bruening, ECOLAB, INC.
  • Bertrand Emond, CAMPDEN BRI
  • Nora Moudiyne-Schweninger, ANSI
  • Debra Smith, VIKAN (UK) LIMITED
  • John REILLY, Daymon Worldwide Inc.

The Group’s Mandate

This Technical 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
  • Jonna Thomas, Subway Franchise World Headquarters
  • Kenneth Petersen, US Department of Agriculture
  • Carrie Hacha, Yum! Brands
  • Chandaka Ratnapala, Woolworths Group
  • Mabel Gil, CEBAS-CSIS

The Group’s Mandate

The Stakeholder Advisory Forum’s mandate is to advise the GFSI Board 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

  • Aldin Hilbrands, FSSC22000 – Co-Chair
  • Syed Hassan, PepsiCo – Co-Chair
  • Adam Zamorski, Mondelez
  • Andrew Clarke, Loblaw
  • Christophe Boulais, Danone
  • Elisa Gredilla Zazo, ENAC
  • Elme Coetzer-Boersma, GLOBALG.A.P.
  • Elza Palenik, Metro
  • Izabela Palgan, IFS Certification
  • Jeremy Chamberlain, SGS
  • Joachim Schulz, IFS Certification
  • John Kukoly, BRC Global Standard
  • Julia Love, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • LeAnn Chuboff, SQFI
  • Martin Fowell, Merieux Nutrisciences Corporation
  • Nikki Jackson, ANAB
  • Olivier Robin, Nestlé
  • Robin Forgey, Costco
  • Tom Thornton, ASDA Stores Ltd

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
  • Alain Turenne, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Walgreen Boots Alliance
  • Kazuaki Miyagishima, Advisor, AEON CO., LTD.
  • Roberto Buttini, Vice President of Global Quality & Food Safety, Barilla
  • Susan Glander, Marketing Director – Global Corporate Accounts, Ecolab
  • Gillian Kelleher, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Wegmans Food Markets
  • Chandaka Ratnapala, Head of Quality – Fresh Food and Customer Sensory, Woolworths
  • Anita Scholte op Reimer, VP of Quality, Product Safety & Sustainability, AH/Ahold Delhaize
  • 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 at 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.

  • 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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