LRQA Food blog from Alex Briggs, Editor of businessassurance.com
This week’s Global Food Safety Conference in London will bring together the governments, food organisations of all sizes and other key stakeholders across the food sector.
Looking at the agenda, it is clear that food safety is still “top of the charts.” Cargill, Danone, Kraft and Kellogg are just some of the organisations taking to the podium on day one of three-day event. Government food agencies from the UK, USA, China and the UAE are all on the agenda as well.
A look at recent headlines indicates that the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) event (their 11th annual) is right on target with their “Food Safety Culture” theme. In a recent US survey, consumers put a price tag on food safety, indicating they would pay more for a small decrease in the likelihood of an incident in the food supply chain. Last week’s announcement that the US Republican’s latest budget would slash food safety budgets was met with widespread condemnation.
Barry Eisenberg, vice president of food safety services for the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association, recently addressed the importance of harmonisation among food audits, “The faster we move on audit harmonization, the easier it’s going to be for us to deal with the government, and the FDA is behind it.”
It’s not just the USA that is addressing food safety, with Bulgaria’s recent launch of a Food Standards Agency getting the support and attendance of the European Union.
We will be reporting live from the event in London (16th February - 18th February) including interviews with some of the speakers and attendees. Hope to see you there!
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