Are We Ready to Collaborate on Global Food Safety?

Food safety is a complex, global issue that requires a collaborative approach from a variety of stakeholders. There is no silver bullet to overcoming the breadth of challenges but we have an opportunity to scale up our response through shared responsibility and multi-sectoral collaboration.

This will be the highlight of the Global Food Safety Conference in Kuala Lumpur next week, hosted by the Consumer Goods Forum and supported by Food Industry Asia (FIA). Coming to Asia for the first time, this prestigious conference will bring together the world’s leading experts in food safety, and will provide an opportunity to meet peers from over 50 countries and share best practices and knowledge.

The Global Food Safety Initiative is a cornerstone in the collaborative effort to scale up the industry’s efforts to protect their supply chains and deliver safe food to consumers wherever they live. Ahead of next week’s conference the Consumer Goods Forum has produced this fascinating video on the role of the GFSI and why it is essential for everyone to play their part in the global food safety effort.


This industry-led initiative aims to bring together experts from around the globe representing stakeholders from across the supply chain – food retailers, manufacturers and suppliers. It creates a platform that allows products to be held to the same food safety standards across all stages of the supply chain.

The Global Food Safety Initiative highlights the food industry’s willingness and capability to bring together valuable stakeholders under one roof and collaborate, learn from each other, with the aim to support the production of safer products for consumers.

This year’s GFSI Global Food Safety Conference in Kuala Lumpur celebrates this concept of this collaboration as it comes to Asia for the first time from 3-5 March 2015 and takes us a step closer towards a climate of trust and accountability that is so essential for the future of safe food.

To register for the Global Food Safety Conference at a special discounted rate for FIA Members, please click here.

In a recent interview with FIA, #GFSC2015 Keynote Speaker Pradeep Pant said “Effective leaders can and must break down silos and seek out collaboration with new partners across the political and cultural divide. Together, they can foster a climate of trust among consumers, businesses and governments that will provide the foundation of a thriving food safety culture.”

Other Speakers for the Conference include senior experts from the public and private sectors:

  • Datuk Rebecca Sta Maria, Chief Secretary, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
  • Noraini Binti Dato' Mohd Othman, Senior Director, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
  • His Excellency Surin Pitsuwan, Former Secretary General ASEAN, Thailand
  • Dr. Roy A. Sparringa, Head of BPOM, Indonesia FDA, Indonesia
  • Tom Heilandt, Secretary, Codex Alimentarius Commission, WHO Italy
  • Mr. Sanjay Dave, Codex, New Delhi, India
  • Jacky Le Gosles, Directorate Veterinary and International affairs, European Commission, Belgium
  • Mika Yokota, Director, Food Industrial Corporate Affairs Office, Food Industry Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, Japan
  • Mark Burgham, Director of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA’s) Program Policy Integration Division, Canada
  • Nathan Belete, Manager, Agriculture Practice East Asia Pacific, World Bank, Kenya
  • Cenk Gurol, Chairman of the Global Food Safety Initiative and Vice President, AEON Co., Ltd., Japan.
  • Cindy Jiang, Global Food Safety Officer of McDonald’s Corporation, USA
  • Mike Robach, GFSI Board Member and Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory, Cargill
  • Payton Pruett, Vice President of Corporate Food Technology and Regulatory Compliance, The Kroger Co., USA
  • Hugo Byrnes, Vice President, Product Integrity, Royal Ahold, The Netherlands
  • John Carter, Vice President, Global Director Quality Assurance, Metro Group, Germany
  • Neil Marshall, Global Director Quality & Food Safety Strategy, Policy and Programs, The Coca-Cola Company, USA
  • Petra Wissenburg – Food Safety and External Affairs Director, Danone, Singapore
  • Peter Begg, Sr. Director, Global Quality Programs, Mondelēz International (MDLZ), USA
  • Zaotian WAN, VP of COFCO, China
  • Gillian Kelleher, Vice President of Food Safety & Quality Assurance, Wegmans Food Markets, USA
  • Jan Kranghand, Regional Director QA MCCI Asia, Metro China
  • Graham Spaul, Head of Technology, Grocery & General Merchandise, Coles Brand Quality, Responsible Sourcing & Technology, Coles, Australia
  • Junshi Chen - Chief Counsel, China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment, China
  • Stephanie Hart, Executive Director Operations, Nestle Oceania
  • Kentaro Ida, Deputy Manager, Suntory, Japan
  • Robert C. Baker, Head of Technical Food Safety Development - Corporate Quality & Food Safety, MARS Inc., USA
  • Jo Finer, Director Product Assurance & Regulatory, Global Brands and Nutrition, Fonterra, New Zealand
  • Jean-Michel Offe, Executive Vice President - Development and Innovation Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.
  • Muhammad Ihsannullah, Cluster Director of Environment, Health & Safety, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC, Dubai
  • Professor Jaw-Jou Kang, The Toxicology Society of Taiwan
  • Mr Bin Huang, Deputy Director, Certification and Accreditation Administration CNCA, China
  • Francoise Dorcier, Food Fraud Project Manager of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting unit
  • Dr. Kelly Stevens, Head of Verification and Sanitation Centers of Expertise General Mills, USA
  • Han HaiZhou, Quality Assurance Director McCormick
  • Dr. Siti Noorbaiyah Abdul Malek, CEO Unipeq, Malaysia
  • Ali Bardaneh, Industrial Development Officer, Quality, Standards and Conformity Unit, Trade Capacity Building Branch, UNIDO, Austria
  • Samantha Mah, Marketing Manager, Wide Tropism Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Philip Wong, Nis Spice Sdn. Bhd , Malaysia

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