Building on the success of the APEC-PTIN program, GMA became a founding member of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) to deploy the PTIN food safety capacity building model globally. Joined by US government and World Bank officials, in November 2011, the GFSP announced an innovative public private partnership that pledged $1 million for the creation of the world’s first Global Food Safety Fund for capacity building. This partnership and accompanying fund are designed to bring together stakeholders with a role in food safety, including regulatory and trade authorities, aid agencies, agriculture, food manufacturing and others to promote capacity building to support good food safety practices.
“As our food supply becomes more global in nature with different foods and ingredients coming from countries around the world, we have also come to recognize the critically important role of public private partnerships in meeting the challenges of the increasingly diverse and ever-changing global food supply,” said GMA President and CEO, Pam Bailey.
The three main food safety goals of the fund are:
- Developing, testing and validating pilot programs in APEC that will result in reproducible training modules which can be customized for roll out to developing countries all around the world. These programs would focus on critical needs-- supply chain management, food safety incident management, laboratory competency, risk analysis and strengthening food safety regulatory systems.
- Addressing high priority food hazards, such as aflatoxins in grain, Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, and viral and bacterial pathogens in seafood.
- Strengthening Analytics and Metrics – much needed for consistent, reliable and scaleable testing, designing, and evaluation of the performance of food safety systems.
In the next decade, the fund is expected to grow to $15-$20 million.