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How to improve food safety along the value chain

By Canadian Packaging staff   

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The Global Food Safety Conference in Germany looks to bring food safety specialist together to discuss ways to make real changes in global food safety.

The Global Food Safety Conference, to be held February 29 – March 3, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, German is bringing together over 1,000 leading food safety specialists from over 50 countries who all share the same goal: to make a change in the world and advance food safety globally.

The 15th annual conference is organized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)—an industry-driven initiative providing thought leadership and guidance on food safety management systems necessary for safety along the supply chain—and will focus on the continuous efforts to improve food safety along the value chain.

Speakers include Berlin senator for justice and consumer protection Thomas Heilmann, Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel from the federal institute of risk assessment, as well as experts from international organizations such as Nestlé, Danone, Metro Group and Cargill.

The conference provides an important platform for producers and retailers to exchange ideas among people that are passionate about advancing food safety. The Global Food Safety Conference will certainly stimulate relevant discussions about food safety risks and opportunities that occur with trends like Big Data, novel foods and the changing character of global trade.


The conference begins with a “Discovery Tour” including a half day of visit to companies and producers, known for their excellent quality standards. The Discovery Tour gives delegates the unique opportunity to gain an insight into the processes and the management of Metro Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Freiberger, Selgros, Ecolab und Edeka.

The official programme is available online:

Delegates can register online via  or by phone until  February 8th.

GFSI’s work is accomplished through collaboration between the world’s leading food safety experts from retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as international organizations, governments, academia and service providers to the global food industry. They meet together at technical working group and stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events to share knowledge and promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry.

GFSI is facilitated by the Consumer Goods Forum, a global, parity-based industry network, driven by its members. More information on GFSI can be found at

The Consumer Goods Forum is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the chief executive officers and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of €2.5-trillion (CDN $3.8-trillion) and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its board of directors, which comprises 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, visit:


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