Global Food Safety Initiative Works for Unified Safe Food Management

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Global Food Safety Initiative

Baytown, Texas-based Honey Holding processes and markets a variety of liquid and dried honey products to premier bakers and food processors across the country. Honey Holding operates with a focus on producing quality honey and participates in the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards, a leading certification program administered by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Launched in May 2000, the GFSI provides thought leadership and guidance for food safety management systems and works to ensure that supply chains deliver foods safe for all consumers. It operates with the mission of continuously improving food safety management and works toward four primary objectives: reduce food safety risks, manage costs in global food systems, promote effective global food systems, and facilitate international collaboration. Furthermore, the GFSI serves as a platform for leading food experts in multiple industries worldwide to share knowledge and establish a unified approach to safe food management.

Need for a recognized food safety management system rose in the 1990s, during which time a series of high-profile food safety crises occurred. Consumer confidence in the food industry fell due to instances of dioxin, listeria, and the bovine spongiform encephalopathy, otherwise known as mad cow disease. Food retailer CEOs worldwide decided to take action and collaborated through their own independent networks to create the GFSI, a nonprofit initiative that would be accepted everywhere once certified. In order to unify food safety management across the world, the GFSI networked with existing foundations that included the BRC, the Food Marketing Institute, and the Safe Quality Food Institute.

Today, the Consumer Goods Forum manages daily operations of the GFSI, and an industry-driven board of directors consisting of food service operators, manufacturers, and retailers provides its strategic direction.