Erica Sheward GFSI
Erica Sheward delivers closing remarks for GFSI21

2021 GFSI Conference Day 3 Roundup

Here are some highlights from the third and final day, including tech talks and Director Erica Sheward's closing remarks.

March 26, 2021

Editor's Note: Check out our roundups of days one and two.

PARIS — The 2021 GFSI Conference closed yesterday. Here's a quick look at the last day of the virtual event.

The third day of the event included several Ask GFSI sessions, a new form of programming in which GFSI leaders and insiders fielded questions from a Zoom-based audience. Topics included the Race to the Top Framework — unveiled last year in Seattle — the modernization of the Global Markets Program, the outputs of the Government-to-Business meetings that began in 2016 and more.

The day also featured 15-minute Tech Talks that offered focused overviews of specific food safety solutions, including talks by Judy Black, vice president of quality assurance and technical services for Rollins, the parent of Orkin and IFC, who talked about three ways digital documentation can help audits. Johnathan Walsh and Alec Teagarde from 3M Food Safety talked about converting data into knowledge.

The main themes of the conference, said GFSI Director Erica Sheward in her closing remarks, were "trust, transparency, collaboration and respecting everyone’s views, even when we don’t all agree. We are all here for the same thing: safe food for everyone." She also mentioned a new move for the organization: GFSI is starting a new chapter as a Coalition of Action under The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). Led by a new Steering Committee of retailers and manufacturers from CGF membership, the CGF Coalition of Action on Food Safety will work to accelerate improvement in the food safety system and help feed the world’s growing population.
By the opening of the next GFSI Conference in 2022, the Coalition expects to have made a significant impact on the food industry’s ability to provide safe food to consumers everywhere.