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Friday, March 09 2018 - 17:44
GFSI Wraps up Record-breaking 2018 Global Food Safety Conference in Tokyo
TOKYO, Mar. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The 2018 Global Food Safety Conference came to a successful close on 8th March, 
2018 with a record number of delegates joining the event at The Grand Nikko 
Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. Organised by The Consumer Goods Forum's Global Food 
Safety Initiative (GFSI)(, this was the first time for 
the event to be held in Japan, with more than 1,200 food industry delegates 
from 52 countries gathering to discuss the most important issues and trends in 
food safety. Technology, innovation and the future of food safety were key 
themes throughout the entire conference, with a number of key announcements 
made to encourage greater collaboration between government regulators and the 
private sector for the advancement of food safety.

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Highlights included the release of the latest version of the GFSI Benchmarking 
Requirements, a set of documents outlining what makes a good food safety system 
and enabling the benchmarking of food safety certification programmes. Other 
announcements included a global partnership between GFSI and the International 
Finance Corporation (IFC) as part of its strategy to strengthen public-private 
partnerships, as well as a strategic partnership with the Chilean food safety 
and quality agency, ACHIPIA, focusing on building food safety capacity in Chile 
facilities based on the GFSI's Global Markets Programme.

Japan's unprecedented support for GFSI locally and further afield was 
highlighted by an opening video message from Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, who 
welcomed delegates and positioned the conference as a natural expression of 
Japan's longstanding safeguards with food safety. The conference also featured 
presentations from CEOs of a number of local industry heavyweights such as 
AEON, Ajinomoto and Euglena, and was brought to a close with a presentation 
from Commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency, Daichi Suzuki, who provided 
insights into the importance of food safety, particularly ahead of 2020 when 
Japan welcomes athletes and sports fans from around the world.

It was announced that the next instalment of the Global Food Safety Conference 
will be held in Nice, France in 2019.

For further information, please contact: 
Lisa Prévert

Source: Global Food Safety Initiative