30 Institutions Come Together with GFSI in a "G30" of Food Safety
Notably announced at the press conference was a series of meetings hosted by GFSI yesterday which gathered over 100 representatives from more than 20 countries and multilaterals organisations to discuss better collaboration for global public health outcomes. Countries including Japan, China, Mexico, Canada, the UK and the United States of America had a strong presence at this second edition of the meetings, sending delegations from their food safety agencies. Multilateral organisations including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group) also participated in the meetings.
"Going forward, the hope is for this growing dialogue to create first-of-its kind understandings between world governments and business for a mutually beneficial results for consumers, industry and regulators" said Mike Robach, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill, Inc. USA & Chair of the GFSI Board of Directors.
"GFSI is an example of reciprocity on a global scale. By investing in food safety together, sharing knowledge and harmonising systems, we can go beyond borders and barriers to ensure one safe global food supply," commented Herman Diricks, Chief Executive Officer of the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) and Co-Chair of the G2B meetings. "We are excited to be participating in this groundbreaking collaboration with global food leaders, for the benefit of all."
GFSI Releases New Edition of Landmark Benchmarking Requirements
GFSI also announced a key breakthrough with the highly-anticipated publication of the Benchmarking Requirements V7, the world's most widely accepted benchmarking criteria which acts as a "food safety
passport" across global supply chains, facilitating international trade and mutual trust in the level of safety systems in place. On behalf of GFSI, Mike Robach thanked the many stakeholders who have been involved in the review process and explained how the document triggers continuous improvement throughout supply chains, for the benefit of consumers around the globe.
Implementation in Action. Leadership for Growth
Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, shared how her company is leveraging GFSI for success, saying that GFSI-benchmarked certifications are a critical component of their food safety management program as they provide third-party assurance that high quality standards are in place and meet internationally recognised standards. Irene announced that Mondelēz has made a commitment to have 100% of their suppliers attain one of the GFSI benchmarked certifications by the end of 2017. By the end of 2016, 94% of their suppliers had already met this requirement. GFSI is powered by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and Irene sits on the CGF Board of Directors, where she represents GFSI to over 50 other CEOs of leading retail and manufacturing companies.
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