Auditor competence, certificate fraud and supporting smaller food companies were some of the main topics discussed at the recent GFSI Conference.

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) conference in Spain had 600 registrants from 50 countries.

In late 2021, GFSI created a set of benchmarking requirements for food safety auditor
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The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has announced the launch of a live pilot of its Benchmarking Requirements for Food Safety Auditors’ Professional Recognition Bodies, following a successful comment period.

According to GFSI, although food safety auditors are a vital part of ensuring safe food is available for people around
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One of eight auditors with the Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit’s (OIEA) Federal State Audit Branch (FSAB), Linwood D. Pender, program auditor, has been with the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for 27 years. He has also served his country in the U.S. Army,
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– Opinion –

By Erica Sheward
Director, Global Food Safety Initiative at The Consumer Goods Forum

At the heart of equitable and sustainable food systems is food safety. Everyone has the right to access safe and nutritious food yet an estimated 600 million people each year fall ill after eating
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The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a coalition of The Consumer Goods Forum, (CGF) on Nov. 4 launched the first-ever set of benchmarking requirements for food safety auditor professional recognition bodies.

By raising the profile of the profession of auditing, and focusing entry requirements on competence, the aim is to

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Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of
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The third-party food safety auditor that gave a passing review to Jensen Farms just weeks before its cantaloupe caused a deadly Listeria outbreak in 2011 also gave a positive audit to the farm that shipped romaine lettuce implicated in a more recent E. coli outbreak tied to Trader Joe’s branded
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