Foodservice Equipment Reports

Focus On Food Safety

As supply chains expand into global markets, food businesses need to find new ways to stay on top of the latest food regulations and industry requirements. Globalization is leading to heightened awareness of food safety standards, and a broader sweep of information sharing—both face-to-face and digitally.

Last fall, for example, Intertek, the global testing, auditing and certification organization, launched a series of training sessions in South Africa to promote food safety. The two-day training sessions in Johannesburg and Cape Town focused on the globally recognized Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000) scheme, to highlight how businesses could implement and benefit from it.

The FSSC 22000 certification promotes the production of safe food at the point of consumption as well as the implementation of a food safety culture within an organization. It places responsibility for the safety of food products with senior management

The web has become the central clearinghouse for food safety facts and figures. No matter where a foodservice professional is based, information on food safety is now a click away and available in 60 languages, from Swahili to Swedish, Icelandic to Indonesian, Georgian to German, at Global Food Safety Resource’s website.

The Ontario, Canada-based company launched in 2010 as an interactive digital information hub providing free food safety expertise and solutions to food businesses operating in global markets. GFSR plans to expand its food safety resources to meet the needs of a growing industry. “In addition to our 60-language translator, we’ve added a search field that makes finding information much faster,” said CEO/Pres. Tina Brillinger. “As new requirements begin to roll out, communicating them will be a challenge. Through collaboration with industry leaders, GFSR plans to bring innovation to the world of food safety. Technology has an amazing capacity to inform and unite, and we feel we’ve only just scratched the surface of what’s possible.”

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