LRQA highlights benefits of GFSI-based approach to packaging safety

LRQA is a diamond sponsor at the GFSI Global Food Safety Conference, which takes place in Barcelona, 6 – 8 March 2013. The following article was first published in the GFSI newsletter in February 2013. More information on the Global Food Safety Conference 2013 is available at


LRQA highlights benefits of GFSI-based approach to packaging safety

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is fundamentally changing the way that organizations manage their food safety risks. A management systems based approach that focuses on systems and processes, rather than checklists, is providing stakeholders with confidence in food supply chains.

The risks that the global food supply chain faces are not limited to food ingredients; packaging is increasingly an area of focus. Gallo Glass Company has taken a pre-emptive course of action by implementing management systems and having them independently certified. This helps the Company to ensure that they are identifying and mitigating potential risks. Gallo Glass started their management systems journey in 2004 with the implementation of ISO 9001, the global Quality Management System (QMS) standard. Since that time, they have added ISO 14001, the global Environmental Management System (EMS) standard and ISO 22000, the global Food Safety Management System (FSMS) standard.

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan was used as the foundation for food safety certification. Gallo Glass now operates an integrated system that incorporates ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 22000.

Sukhveer Sandhu, Sr. Quality Manager at Gallo Glass commented, “Gallo Glass has a long term commitment to a sustainable GFSi approach to managing our food safety risks at every level of our business. LRQA’s assessors have shown a high level of understanding for food safety as well as an in-depth understanding of both our business and our supply chain.”

Andrew Smith, President, LRQA, Inc., added, “Gallo Glass has continuously demonstrated leadership in all aspects of risk management. Their management systems are directly linked to their overall strategy, demonstrating an organizational commitment to driving food safety across their global supply chain.”

LRQA will be hosting a breakfast session presentation at the GFSI Global Food Safety Conference in Barcelona on March 7th. The agenda of the session will include best practices on implementing and assessing food safety management systems, the importance of a process-based approach to identifying and mitigating risks and the relevance of ISO 22000 to the packaging industry. A question and answer session will feature Mr. Sandhu, Mr. Cor Groenveld, LRQA Global Head of Food Supply Chain Services and Chairman of the Foundation for Food Safety Certification, and LRQA food assessors from the Americas and Europe. For more information, contact Alex Briggs at .