Value of GFSI-recognised standards key theme from LRQA Japan Food Safety Forum

Yokohama, Tokyo 26 October 2012; Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) has today held a successful Food Safety Forum in Yokohama, Tokyo.  Over 70 attendees from some the regions’ leading food manufacturers, retailers and suppliers spent a productive day discussing some of the key food safety issues affecting the industry.  Cor Groenveld - Global Head of Food Supply Chain Services at LRQA and Chairman of the Foundation for Food Safety Certification Scheme - opened the session by giving an update on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), ISO and the Global Market Programme. 

LRQA also welcomed Nihon Shokken - one of the regions’ largest food manufacturers - who talked about their decision to implement FSSC 22000, which is certified by LRQA. 

The day also included a panel discussion which included representation from large retailer Co-Op along with our LRQA food experts from Korea, China and Japan.  The panel addressed three topics, specifically: 

 - The global growth of GFSI-recognised certification with a spotlight on Asia; key learning points from the panel included that globally, more than 200,000 certificates have a GFSI-recognition and there is a strong demand for GFSI-recognised standards and schemes in Asia with Japan being very active in this area - specifically relative to FSSC 22000.  
 - The panel also addressed how retailers and manufacturers are driving certification through their whole supply chains.  What is clear is that the global manufacturers are demanding more third party certification against GFSI-recognised standards and schemes and increasingly, are starting to ask for this in their upstream supply chain. 
 - Lastly, the panel discussed the Global Market Programme - a new project from the GFSI designed to promote the benefits of certification to GFSI-recognised schemes for small and medium sized enterprises.

Commenting on the day’s events, Cor Groenveld said “This has been a very interactive and positive food forum with a lot of questions and discussions from the delegates. We are delighted at the importance that this key market is placing on certification in helping to drive food safety.   Thanks to the technical expertise of our food safety experts, LRQA is well placed to capitalise on this demand.” 

To listen to Cor talking about the Japan food sector, please click here.