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FLEXO Magazine : April 2013
Sunday, April 28 9 A Window Into Food Safety Today’s consumers are more educated about the food they’re providing their families and more than ever, they’re taking charge and demanding safer, healthier food. They expect more from their retailers and foodservice providers, who in turn, expect more of their suppliers. Because of this heightened demand for food safety assurance, suppliers are being asked to provide verifiable proof that robust food safety control systems have been effectively implemented and validated. This presentation offers a thorough understanding of food safety and certifications, such as the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which are fast becoming a must for the modern food contact packager. You’ll learn about the tools, resources and relationships that can help you manage your food safety initiatives specifically: • Why customers are asking for certification • How to comply with regulations/restrictions • Where you can achieve a substantial ROI Peter Cicero, Capjem What Certification Entails & Why Food companies are being required to obtain certification from one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-approved food safety standards. The process involved is not just a quality assurance (QA) program, but also a commitment that involves the entire company. The process is challenging, but it can be accomplished through a team effort and support from management. By attending this presentation you’ll: • Understand the steps to achieve certification and stay certified • Come away with a clear step-by -step process to achieving certification • Identify the pitfalls that you’ll need to avoid Jack Hamilton, EAGLE Food Registrations An Executive Perspective Food Safety is constantly in the news and interpreting the ever-increasing demands being placed on food producers, food packers and retail stores (and some lemonade stands) can be a daunting task. The need for compliance and assurance that Food Safety is understood by the entire food packaging supply chain is becoming more prevalent. As a second or third tier supplier into the food markets, printers/converters are being asked to ensure a strong understanding of food safety throughout their organizations. We need to show that our internal processes, policies and procedures will help ensure the reliability of the food products our customers and clients manufacture and distribute. We are being asked to follow many of the same guidelines and auditing processes that have been part of our GMP’s but have been raised to a higher standard with even more diligent requirements. As we all move down the road to a better understanding of what these increasing demands entail, it is important to know what the burden on our organizations financial and human resources could be. We need to educate ourselves on what path we need to follow and what are the future expectations. I hope to give you a glimpse inside our journey and the decisions we had to make and how we expect it to affect our business in the future. Daniel P. Doherty, Prairie State Group