It's the latest in a series of key announcements relating to GFSI's public-private partnership strategy. Governments have clearly observed that closer partnerships with businesses provide them with access to private sector expertise and best practices. In addition, they are able to benefit from GFSI's food safety capability-building expertise and core curriculum, which can be found in the GFSI's Global Markets Programme, a framework outlining how countries with underdeveloped food safety systems can reduce hazards in supply chains and improve market access.
Michel Leporati, Head of ACHIPIA, expressed enthusiasm about the agreement. "Deepening partnerships with food safety regulators is a critical part of advancing sustainable food safety on a global scale. In today's complex global food supply ecosystem, any one company or country in isolation cannot achieve food safety objectives. The partnership is essential for Chile".
Erich Jaeger, VP of Food Safety for Walmart Chile and Argentina and leader of the GFSI Chile team, commented, "The partnership will provide all parties with guidance through the Global Markets Programme, supporting Chilean companies with underdeveloped food safety systems and buyers, as well as helping to address food safety challenges. The agreement will also reduce hazards and enhance market access through enrolment in the GFSI's recognised certification programmes".
Mike Robach, Chairman of the GFSI Board of Directors and VP, Food Safety, at Cargill, stated, "This agreement presents an opportunity for greater alignment between private and public approaches, improved regulatory efficiencies, and trading activity and is another key milestone for delivering GFSI objective of safer food for consumers everywhere".