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Global Food Safety Initiative Recent developments in the private standards STDF Information Session 26th June 2008 Kevin Swoffer – GFSI Chairman of Technical Committee. Global Food Safety Initiative .

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Global Food Safety InitiativeRecent developments in the private standards STDF Information Session 26th June 2008Kevin Swoffer – GFSI Chairman of Technical Committee

Global Food Safety Initiative

  • GFSI launched at the CIES Annual Congress in 2000, following a directive from the food business CEOs.

  • food safety was then, and is still, top of mind with consumers. Consumer trust needs to be strengthened and maintained, while making the supply chain safer.

  • managed by CIES – The Food Business Forum

GFSI Mission and Objectives

“Continuous improvement ......

Confidence in the delivery of

safe food to consumers”

  • Convergence between food safety standards

  • Improve cost efficiency throughout the food supply chain

  • Provide a unique international stakeholder platform


Convergence means confidence

  • benchmarking work on four key food safety schemes (BRC, IFS, Dutch HACCP and SQF) reached a point of convergence

  • all schemes were completely aligned with the GFSI Guidance Document Version 5 requirements

  • this meant increased confidence in the schemes and comparable audit results

GFSI Convergence of Standards

“Once certified, accepted everywhere”

GFSI Governance and Working Groups

Governance Structure

GFSI Technical Committee

  • an international multi-stakeholder group

  • over 50 food safety experts

  • open to key experts by invitation

  • works on common-interest projects to ensure continuous improvement in food safety

Food Safety Knowledge Network

  • Priming the Human Capital Marketplace

    • defines and harmonises food safety competency requirements for all players in the supply chain

    • sets aspiration and global food safety qualification

    • realigns educational system to future needs

    • framework for knowledge transfer to emerging markets

  • Individual Accountability

    • appropriate economic incentives and sanctions

  • Corporate Brand and Private Label Protection

    • appropriate governance and controls along all levels of the marketing and procurement channel

GFSI Adding Value …

  • less duplication

  • driving continuous improvement in the content of the food management systems

  • healthy competition between existing schemes, driving continuous improvement in the delivery of the standards

  • more cost efficiency in the supply chain.

  • comparable audit approach and results

  • confidence in sourcing and safer food for the consumer

Catherine Francois- +33 1 44 69 99 21

Kevin Swoffer- +44 1 732 849230

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