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Two hundred food industry professionals took part in the Seventh SGS Food Forum “Pragmatic approach to quality and safety” held on 8-9 July 2015 in Moscow. The Forum gathered quality directors and senior managers from food manufacturing, trade, governmental authorities and NGOs from Russia, Belarus, Netherlands, Germany and Italy. The conference was organized by SGS (headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland), the world leader in inspection, verification, testing and certification.

On 15 February 2015, the transition period came to its end for the Customs Union’s Technical Regulation 021/2011 stipulating that food production audits by supervisory authorities must be conducted on the basis of HACCP. In this connection the paper delivered by Nadejda Raeva, Head of Supervision over Food Hygiene at the Moscow Region Department from Rospotrebnadzor, regarding methodology applied by state inspectors was of particular interest for the audience. She emphasized the fact that although management system’s certification is not required by law, the availability of a certificate testifying of HACPP compliance would facilitate the audit. A separate session of the Forum focused on HACCP implementation and further certification.

Olga Kostyleva, Senior Lecturer at the Rosstandart’s Academy for Standardization, Metrology and Certification specified food marking requirements within the Customs Union. She noted that a manufacturer should take into account not only the Regulation 022/2011 directly concerning food marking but also other documents regulating specific product categories as well as the horizontal Regulation 021/2011.

The special guest of the Forum John Carter, GFSI Board Member and Vice-President Metro Group, expanded on the objectives and activities of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Uniting leading global food producers and retailers, GFSI boosts continuous improvement in food safety management systems to deliver safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI benchmarks food safety management schemes against a set of requirements established by its stakeholders. Certification audit of a management system conducted once per year should replace the many audits initiated by supply chain partners. In Russia, a number of international companies have been already applying the GFSI approach vis-à-vis their suppliers, however mutual recognition of certificates is still on hold. John Carter called upon the Russian market players to cooperate within the GFSI framework.

Currently, 11 schemes have been approved by GFSI. One of these schemes GlobalG.A.P. applicable to agriculture was presented at the Forum by Belaya Dacha Trading. Another scheme, more popular in Russia, is FSSC 22000. Jules Rojer, Independent Technical Expert for FSSC 22000, gave his advice on how to get prepared to FSSC 22000 audits and what to expect during an FSSC 22000 audit. He also gave some insight in the upcoming update of the FSSC 22000 scheme documents. FSSC 22000 will incorporate amongst others GFSI GD7 in this update. The update will be version 4.0 and is expected to be published in 2016. Version 4.0 will include unannounced audits and a food defense/fraud module. GFSI GD7 is expected to require all GFSI certification schemes to introduce unannounced audits (most probably at least once every three years).

Senior managers from The Coca-Cola Company, Wimm-Bill-Dann (PepsiCo), PROGRESS, Brewery company Baltika, ROUST, EGMZ №1 (Danone), Groupe Lesaffre, Food Plant Azovsky, Santi (ТАТА Global Beverages), X5 Retail Group, Metro Cash and Carry, InterConsult shared their experience in building management systems to assure food safety and quality. Examples of pre-requisite programs (PRPs) were demonstrated. Forum’s exhibitors Kimberly-Clark, 3M and Food Safety Systems gave detailed consultations regarding test systems and food sanitary solutions. Speakers from VNIMI and Tetra Pak presented some innovative solutions in the field of food packaging.

Discussion on how to streamline resources and set priorities in a limited budget’s context was organized in a business game format. This enabled every Forum’s delegate to express their views and contribute to the collective mind. The game resulted in a number of solutions to shortage of financial resources, qualified personnel and quality raw material.

During the panel discussion concluding the two-day Forum’s activities speakers shared their experience in target setting and result measurement for a management system. Notably, example of self-assessment was provided on the basis of ISO 10014 - Realizing economic benefits of a management system. These are not altruistic reasons but economic benefits that are the main motivators today for developing food safety and quality management tools. Best practices discussed at the Forum showed that more and more food market players gain return on pragmatic approach to quality and safety.

For further information, please contact:
Tatiana Apatovskaya
SGS Food Forum Director
t: +7 495 775 44 55


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