GFSI: The Language of Food & Beverage Value-Chains - Locally, Regionally & Globally


GFSI: The Language of Food & Beverage Value-Chains - Locally, Regionally & Globally
June 20, 2017 at 12:30  - 1:30 PM EDT

Location: 1350 I Street, N.W.
Fourth Floor Conference Room

Washington, DC 20005

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit organization that  brings together food safety experts from throughout industry to drive continuous improvement in food safety management practices across the agri-food supply-chain.  By setting standards for the auditing and certification of food facilities worldwide, the vision of the GFSI is to provide "Safe Food for Consumers, Everywhere".  To many food retailers, manufacturers and their suppliers in the United States and worldwide, achieving certification under GFSI is a global mark of distinction, representing the best in food safety management practices. Representing, GFSI will be Rosalind Zils, from Land O’Lakes and steering committee member for GFSI’s US/Canada Local Group.  Rosalind will speak about GFSI as a “marketplace FSMA” aligned with the new U.S. food safety law and will provide supply chain case studies of how GFSI recognized certification programs enable compliance to FSMA along the supply chain.

Jacqueline Southee will provide details and insights about one of 9 GFSI-recognized certification programs. FSSC22000. The Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is  based on the ISO 22000 family of standards FSSC 22000 certification provides evidence of a  company’s capacity to meet its food safety responsibilities with a robust, but flexible Food Safety Management System. In this presentation, Jacqueline Southee will explain how FSSC 22000 works to bring the international standard (ISO) in line with the benchmarking requirements of GFSI, provide oversite to the 100+ Licensed Certification Bodies and 15.000+ certified organizations certified and how the recent revision of  FSSC 22000 to Version 4 will help certified companies all over the world meet the challenges presented by regulatory changes, including those of FSMA in the USA.