Another little Ditty on the GFSI

The other day I posted something from a third party company working with the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) relating to that and the GFSI. Today I came across this, complete with side commentary by the lovely Monsanto owned and operated Michael Taylor, Head of the FDA. I just thought there may be a few of you who might be interested in seeing the streamlining inherent in the consolidated, centralized, harmonized and standardized global food take over. The GFSI comes to you via the corporate control side. But Michael Taylor let’s us know, they are all working hand in hand:

GFSI Certification

A ticket to doing business in the global market

LISA LUPO | February 8, 2013

Global standards. Consistent audit schemes. Validated certifications. Across the food supply chain, the concepts are being increasingly discussed, tested, and required. It is a trend that is being reported in articles, white papers, and reports from around the world, such as the 2012 report from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on global trends which stated, “Developed countries place growing importance on information and logistics technologies, and food safety and quality standards.” What is driving this trend? Are processors adopting global standards? And, if so, is it by choice or mandate? And, most importantly—What does this really mean to the industry?

To gain some perspective, we put the questions to a number of industry suppliers who focus on or work with audits, standards, and certifications on a daily basis.

All those who responded verified the trend, noting that they are seeing a definite increase in food manufacturers seeking certification, primarily that of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification. The key drivers of the trend are major retailers and other next-level customers who are realizing a need for global consistency. And this is having a trickle-down effect, with an increase in the demand for certification in several food sectors, including packaging, storage and distribution, produce, and pre-farm gate, said Robert Prevendar, managing director of NSF International’s Global Supply Chain Food Safety programs. In many ways, he said, certification to GFSI-benchmarked standards is, in essence, becoming a ticket to do business in the global marketplace. (entire article here)


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