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IFT Annual Meeting 2009

 John and I will at the IFT Annual Meeting in Anaheim and speaking in two Quality Assurance Division Symposia. Join us at the symposia and also at the QAD breakfast.
 Session 46 – The Global Food Safety Initiative : Harmonizing Food Safety Standards
Sunday June 7, 2009, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Room 205AB
Session Moderators : Amy Parks, Schreiber Foods and Sid Jhaveri, Starbucks
 Ensuring food safety is a major concern in the global food supply. As a result, the Food Business Forum (CIES) launched the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in May 2000. GFSI has three business objectives:
(1) Achieve a harmonization of food safety management system standards through a benchmarking process;
(2) improve cost efficiency throughout the food supply chain through a common acceptance of recognized standards; and
(3) provide a unique international stakeholder platform for networking, knowledge exchange and sharing of best food safety practices and information. As a result, GFSI has approved four management system schemes and is currently benchmarking ISO 22000. The GFSI initiative is impacting food safety management systems in the United States. In 2008, Wal-Mart announced that private label suppliers must have their processing plants certified to a GFSI standard. This symposium will discuss the GFSI initiative, compare the benchmarked standards and detail the certification process in order to provide critical information to make the proper management decision with regard to the certification process. In addition, it will present a case study on the process a food plant used to obtain certification of their food safety management system.


Tatiana A Lorca, EcoSure : Global Food Safety Initiative : An international organization that harmonizes food safety management standards.

John G Surak, Surak and Associates ; Comparing the global safety food initiative approved standards and ISO 22000.

Rena M Pierami, Silliker Inc. : GFSI : Ensuring Safety Through Certification.

Holly A Mockus, Sara Lee : Case Study : Experiences in implementing SQF.

Marco León Félix, LEFIX y Asociados : The Global Food Safety Initiative in Latin America : How does it work

Session 144 – Mitigating food safety risks in a global market : Ensuring the safety of ingredients and products for the consumers

Monday June 8, 2009, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Room 209AB

Session Moderators: Amy Parks, Schreiber Foods and Sid Jhaveri, Starbucks

Afsaneh Sadeghnobari, Kerry Group : Mitigating food safety risk in a global supply chain. 

Mitigating food safety risk is a critical part of any quality assurance program. With recent food safety incidents affecting infants and adults throughout the world, it is important to review the efficacy of such programs. This session will provide up-to-date and relevant information on processes, systems and case studies from global food companies.


Sid Jhaveri, Starbucks : Ensuring safety of food and beverage products for global consumers.

Kurt E. Deibel, PepsiCo Beverages : Global manufacturing : Ensuring safe and legal products while adhering to local, regional and global regulatory requirements.

Jeff Banks, Cadbury Schweppes : From Salmonella to Melamine : Learnings on the way.

Jeffery L Cawley, Northwest Analytical Inc : Systems support for food safety risk reduction in global supply chains.




Quality Assurance Division Breakfast
Monday June 8, 2009, 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Guest Speaker : Jeff Banks, Cadbury

Jeff Banks is Global Director of Quality and Food Safety Cadbury. He is a biology graduate and holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology. He became internationally known when Head of Microbiology at Campden Food Research Association, subsequently taking up the role of Global Director at DuPont Qualicon, then moved into freelance consulting with Food Safety Assurance specialising in root cause analyses and vulnerability assessments for food and personal care corporations worldwide. An expert in the area of food safety and food technology, he has worked in support of most of the worlds leading food processors over a 25 year career. He is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed research and review papers. In late 2006, he provided consulting support for Cadbury after their Salmonella recall, and soon after joined the business. Under his leadership, in 2007, Cadbury initiated a full review of policies, standards and procedures following the United Kingdom product recall, and developed a Quality and Food Safety Improvement programme. Jeff’s role within Cadbury’s Global Supply Chain is to ensure the reliable supply of high quality and safe products. This encompasses sourcing of ingredients and packaging materials, manufacturing and co-manufacturing and distribution involving nearly 80 manufacturing facilities in 30 countries.


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