PAC, Packaging Consortium's Jim Downham discusses the value of food security, safety standardization and how to get properly trained to avert food safety issues.
July 7, 2015
by James D Downham, President and CEO of PAC, Packaging Consortium
PAC, Packaging Consortium is the IFS partner which had the foresight long before GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) benchmarking to create a HACCP-based standard called PACsecure. The version IFS PACsecure is now GFSI benchmarked and a growing standard in the field of packaging conversion certification.
(Note: IFS Standards are developed for and through all involved parties in the supply chain, which would like to use uniform standards to ensure safety and quality of food and non-food products and related services. – Canadian Packaging)
As the global food chain has evolved over the past several decades, food safety has become top of mind for industry leading companies. Under the direction of Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) the Global Food Safety Initiative has played an important role as the de facto overseer of leading food safety supply chain schemes.
As recently as June 24, 2015 the CGF announced “its commitment to tackling the global food waste challenge by agreeing to halve food waste within the operations of its 400 retailer and manufacturer members by 2025. Food waste is an enormous environmental, social and economic challenge. A third of food calories produced are never eaten.It represents an economic cost to the global economy of $750 billion per year and, if food waste were a country, its carbon footprint would be third only to China and the US.”
Food safety and food waste are the critical issues related to global food security.
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