Michael Ramdohr discusses increasing Chilean food exports and the importance of FSSC 22000 in South America

INOFOOD Chile Blog # 2 – November 8, 2011 

Hello, I’m Michael Ramdohr Business Manager for LRQA South America.  LRQA Chile is pleased to sponsor this week’s INOFOOD 2011 International Food Safety Conference in Santiago, and we’re also proud to be the only certification body sponsoring and selected to speak at this extremely important event for the South American food supply chain.

I’m joined at INOFOOD with my colleague Vel Pillay Manager of Food Safety Programs for LRQA Americas who spoke yesterday alongside Roger Bont from Cargill and Neil Marshall from Coca-Cola about the GFSI and the benefits of FSSC 22000.

Over the past few weeks LRQA has had the pleasure of participating and speaking at several food safety and supply chain events across Latin and South America in countries including Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil.  This is a significant demonstration of our presence and capabilities throughout South America and the recognized technical expertise that our food safety professionals possess.

This week, we’ve selected the INOFOOD event to participate in because of its significance to companies who operate not only in Chile but across the South American and global food supply chain.

In recent years, Chile has become a food producing and exporting powerhouse.  Chile is the world’s largest exporter of fresh grapes, plums, and fresh fish fillets; second largest exporter of avocados, frozen pacific salmon, and other frozen fish; and Chile is the fifth largest exporter of wine in the world.  In the last five years, Chilean food exports to the European Union grew by 42%.  This is significant and demonstrates the position of the Chilean food industry as part of the global food supply chain.

This is why LRQA is working diligently to educate the South American food industry about the GFSI andFSSC 22000 in particular.  We’re seeing growing interest in FSSC 22000 because of its streamlined management systems approach, its applicability in both large and small food companies and its ease of integration with other ISO standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

And, as FSSC 22000 expands throughout the food supply chain through initiatives such as PAS 223, the number of organizations interested in FSSC 22000 continues to grow.