LRQA at the GFSI Conference - the global shift to an integrated process-based food safety management system approach

The GFSI Global Food Safety Conference is underway in Barcelona.  Fresh from his presentation with Gallo Glass, Cor Groenveld, Global Head of Food Supply Chain Services Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) gave his view on the key themes coming out from this years’ event.

“What is absolutely clear is that food organisations are changing from an inspection-based approach to a process-based approach in order to drive food safety across their global supply chains. 

A key driver for this - and one of the biggest differentiators - has been FSSC 22000, the GFSI-recognised complete food safety certification scheme.  Now, I am not saying that one GFSI standard or scheme is better than the other - absolutely not; different markets and organisations have different requirements and all of them have one shared goal of driving global food safety. 

However, a process-based approach with a management system in place to make sure that you have a robust system for your food safety is fast becoming the norm for organisations serving the global food sector.  With over 4000 certificates being issued worldwide within a short two year timeframe, FSSC 22000 is a testament to this approach.

The second area which is becoming increasingly important is that manufacturers and retailers alike are realising the benefits of implementing an integrated management system.  The globalisation of the world’s food supply chains means that an integrated risk based management system is not ‘nice to have’, it is practically a prerequisite.  Not only does this approach cover food safety, but also quality, sustainability, occupational health and safety - indeed all the risk areas that are very important for driving food safety across the global supply chain.

Since the conference started yesterday, this has been a recurring theme from discussions that I have held with some of the most senior stakeholders serving the food sector."