Established at the turn of the millennium, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has played a central role in improving the security of the world’s food supply. Over two decades later, the global food and beverage market has only become more interconnected, even as we face unprecedented disruption from military conflicts, economic issues, and climate change. Global compliance standards and food safety best practices are more vital than ever.
How is the GFSI working to protect the food supply, and what do manufacturers, distributors, and other industry players need to know? Read on to learn more about the organization and the role it plays for food and beverage businesses in 2023.
GFSI is a non-profit trade group with a single mandate: improving food safety around the world. The organization was established in 2000 by a group of international retailers, food safety experts, and government representatives to unify and harmonize food safety standards and practices across both developed and emerging markets. While it’s not a food safety standard in and of itself, GFSI as an organization serves as an all-encompassing oversight body that benchmarks and recognizes various food safety management standards around the world.
To this end, the GFSI provides a framework for manufacturers, retailers, regulators, and consumers to collaborate across borders to improve food safety, share knowledge, address issues, and develop globally recognized best practices. Ultimately, the GFSI helps build trust in the safety of the existing food supply and helps new stakeholders join the global market with fewer risks and challenges.
The GFSI has four areas of focus that have remained relatively unchanged since the organization’s founding. As supply chains become increasingly interconnected and fragile, the GSFI’s main functions have only become more important:
GFSI-recognized food safety programs remain the gold standard for manufacturers, distributors, and other businesses in the food industry around the world. With so much disruption and upheaval, it’s more important than ever to understand regulations and how they apply to your facilities. How can you ensure correct understanding and compliance? Learn more about AIB International’s GFSI training here.”
*This article is excerpted from blog.aibinternational.com website, published 24th July 2023