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Over 200 food industry professionals from Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France and Netherlands joined the IX SGS Food Forum “It’s time to act” taking place on 12-13 July 2017 in Moscow. The Forum united governmental authorities, businesses and NGOs to discuss up-to-date topics related to food safety and quality management. The conference was organized by SGS, the world leader in inspection, verification, testing and certification.

The IX SGS Food Forum took place in Moscow on 12-13 July 2017

As usual, special attention was paid to statutory regulation of the food market. The Chief Veterinary Inspector of Russia and Deputy Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Nikolay Vlasov answered the many questions from delegates regarding implementation of the new veterinary certification system, which is currently of great importance for all animal origin food supply chain members. Nadejda Raeva, Head of Supervision over Food Hygiene at the Moscow Region Department of Rospotrebnadzor, presented the key non-compliances with sanitary law identified during statutory inspections.

SGS Food Forum 2017 

A whole session dealt with changes in international standards regulating food safety management. Pierre de Ginestel, GFSI Board Member and Auchan Corporate Quality Director, told about the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements v7.1 issued in February 2017. Jules Rojer, Technical Advisor for FSSC 22000, gave a preview of the version 4.1 of the FSSC 22000 scheme. Specifics of the 5th version of the BRC Packaging and Packaging Materials standard were presented as well. Neil Milvain, Global Manager for ISO/FSSC 22000 from SGS, shared the changes likely to occur to the ISO 22000 standard, which is currently at DIS (Draft International Standard) development stage. He also explained the unannounced audits process as such audits had been integrated to a number of GFSI-recognized certification schemes, including FSSC 22000.

SGS Food Forum 2017

A range of presentations and discussions focused on practical aspects of international standards implementation. Microbiological environmental monitoring, allergens management, validation and verification of control measures, food fraud, pest management, Halal, process automation and leadership have been among the topics raised during the forum. Customer feed-back and claim management were another interesting topic discussed, taking into account the changing consumer behavior and social media influence growth. Throughout the event, companies such as Vimm-Bill-Dann (PepsiCo), Zavolzhskiy Meat Plant, IDS-Borjomi, Kellogg Rus, Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia. MAY, Macdonalds Russia, Metro Cash and Carry, SAF-NEVA (Groupe LESAFFRE) and Utkonos shared their best practices with the audience.

A session of the forum dealt with implementation of ISO 9001:2015 in the food industry. During the master-class forum’s delegates could practice risk-based thinking and realize the way to manage business risks and opportunities. As risk-based approach has been nowadays introduced to all ISO standards, the practiced methodology is applicable not only to a QMS but to any modern management system.

During the forum delegates had the opportunity to visit booths exhibiting advanced food safety equipment and utensils under such brands as bioMérieux, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Testo, Vileda Professional and Vikan, enabling and enhancing food safety management.

75% of the delegates rated the forum as “very useful”, 81% acknowledged they would “surely use the acquired information in their workplace”. For more details on the event you are invited to view our video below.


For further information, please contact:
Tatiana Apatovskaya
SGS Food Forum Director
t: +7 495 775 46 20


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