On 5 March 2018, the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) Global Food Safety Conference (GFSC) starts in Tokyo, Japan. The GFSC is a unique annual event bringing together over 1,000 leading food safety specialists from more than 50 countries to advance food safety globally.
Organised by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) - of which LRQA is a member - the GFSC is taking place at the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba and runs until Thursday 8 March.
“Once again, LRQA will be exhibiting at the GFSC; with a conference theme of ‘Safe Food for Consumers Everywhere,’ this topic will resonate strongly with the many thousands of clients that we serve in the food sector alone,” said Duane Wood, LRQA Management Systems Marketing Director.
It is anticipated that the Global Food Safety Conference will address the foundational idea of leadership through trust, transparency, and technology. Various programmes centred on such themes as capacity-building, transparency and visibility in the supply chain, enhanced public-private partnerships, and leveraging technology and metrics are also on the agenda.
“Consumers want to feel safe about their food and understand where it is sourced from in terms of sustainability and provenance. As a result, the way people are buying is changing as they are seeking levels of assurance about their food that have never been seen before,” said Wood. “B2B providers - like LRQA - are providing new technologies and services to clients to underpin and strengthen their food safety and sustainability supply chain commitments to enable them to demonstrate this to consumers worldwide. This shift in service - which is arguably B2B2C - is not only strengthening the supply chain, but is giving the consumer confidence that the food they are eating is not only safe but sustainably sourced.”
Organisations worldwide are proclaiming their commitment to having a strategic focus on being technologically enabled and agile. LRQA is at the forefront of embracing new technologies such as LRQA's announcement last year of the adoption of the greenfence™ platform technology to facilitate the development of digital assurance services.
The GFSC will see delegates from a range of backgrounds including government bodies, retailers, manufacturers and academia, all with a common objective to advance food safety globally.
LRQA started out in 1760 as a marine classification society. Today, we’re one of the world’s leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology – improving safety and increasing the performance of critical infrastructures for clients in over 75 countries worldwide. The profits we generate fund the LRQA Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.
In a world of increasing complexity – overloaded with data and opinion - we know that our clients need more than technology to succeed. They need an experienced hand. A partner to listen, cut through the noise and focus on what really matters to them and their customers. Our engineers and technical experts are dedicated to assurance. That means a commitment to embracing new technology, and a deep rooted desire to drive better performance. So we consider our customers’ needs with diligence and empathy, then use our expertise and over 250 years’ experience to deliver the smart solution for everyone.
After all, there are some things technology can’t replace.
LRQA at GFSC 2018
LRQA will be at stand 105-106; if you’re attending the conference, come along and meet the team. If you haven’t yet booked your place, conference tickets can be booked directly through the GFSC conference website.
Whether you plan on attending the GFSC or not, you can join in the conversation now on Twitter using #GFSC2018.
Find out more information about the conference and the GFSI at www.tcgffoodsafety.com.