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Today, the fact that a food product should be safe and possess adequate quality characteristics is not a topic to argue. However, when it comes to practical implementation the declared slogans do not always comply with the reality. At the same time, the market getting wider thanks to integration processes both at EurAsEC and WTO level results in new opportunities and new challenges. Those are primarily related to the competition getting tougher and new rules of the game being established in the market. Only those companies that will get ready to the integration will benefit from it.

There are different opinions on what hinders businesses from producing and supplying quality and safety food products to their consumers: imperfect laws, lack of coordination in the food supply chain, price competition or human factor. The possible ways to overcome those barriers and specific solutions that are already being implemented by market players will be in the focus of the Fourth SGS Food Forum ‘Food quality and safety: Raising the benchmark in the context of globalization’ to take place on July 12-13 2012 in Moscow.

The Forum will traditionally gather representatives of governmental authorities, farmers and manufacturers, suppliers of ingredients and packaging, logistics companies, retailers and wholesalers as well as HoReCa players.

The Forth SGS Food Forum implies:

  • A saturated program focused on up-to-date food safety and quality management issues
  • Diversity of opinions, approaches and points of view thanks to the whole food supply chain coverage
  • Stirring debate, topical problems discussion, practical solutions
  • -Interactivity, live dialogue and experience swap with colleagues and supply chain partners

The Forum 2012 will be structured around the following sessions:

  1. Legal labyrinths of the domestic market: the Russian Federation, the Customs Union, the EurAsEC. How regulatory changes impact on businesses and consumers?
  2. Export and import of food products. Quality and safety assurance during foreign trade operations. Consequences for Russia joining WTO
  3. Global food industry trends in the context of the domestic market. GFSI-recognized standards. Allergen management.
  4. Best practices in quality and safety management along the food supply chain. Effective solutions. Sharing experience
  5. Increasing management efficiency through systemic approach. Lean production. Environmental management and occupational health and safety management in a food company. FSSC 22000 scheme
  6. Master-class in the format of a dialogue between an auditor and a consultant on the topic ‘Integrated systems in food industry: advisability, effectiveness and practical observations’
  7. Round table discussion on the topic ‘Role of a human factor in managing food quality and safety”. Can we and should we minimize this role or people play the lead? The discussion will focus on: resistance to changes, training, motivation, leadership, qualification and mentality, organization and management style.

For the first time in Russia: Cornelie Glerum, General Manager of the Foundation for Food Safety Certification (Netherlands), the organization owning the FSSC 22000 certification scheme, will be the Forum’s guest.

The Forum’s mission is to contribute to the establishment of a civilized food market in Russia focused on quality and sustainability.

The event is organized by the SGS Group, a world leader in inspection, verification, testing and certification services.

You are welcome to follow the event’s progress and post your comments and suggestions on the official page of the SGS Academy Russia in Facebook.

Further Information

For program details, sponsorship and media relations:

Tatiana Apatovskaya
t: +7 (916) 901 34 04

For participation details:

Elena Veretennikova
t: (495) 775 44 55

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