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300 food industry professionals from Russia, Belarus, Latvia and the Netherlands joined the X SGS Food Forum “Fine-Tuning”, which took place on 18-19 of July 2018 in Moscow.

 Х Пищевой Форум SGS состоялся в Москве

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.

Several presentations of the first day were devoted to technical regulation and governmental supervision over food safety.

Nikolay Vlasov, the Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) reported about the performance of the Federal State Information System “Mercury” and its further development. Thus, in July 2018, 100 million electronic veterinary certificates were issued within this system, and their number has been constantly growing.

НА Х Пищевом Форуме Н.А. Власов осветил вопросы, связанные с внедрением ФГИС 'Меркурий'

On behalf of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) Nadejda Raeva told the delegates about the new risk-based approach to schedule inspections in food processing, retail and catering. This approach means that the frequency of inspections depends on the risk level assigned to a site.

Valentina Markelova, the professor of Rosstandart Academy for Standardization, Metrology and Certification told about the labelling of food products in the Eurasian Economic Union (the EEU). Amendments were made to the TR CU 022/2011 and the TR CU 033/2013. They were introduced at the end of 2017 and affected mandatory labelling requirements. The professor gave explanations to the new system of voluntary colour labelling for products containing fats, salt and sugar.

Victor Tutelyan, Academic Adviser of the Federal Nutrition and Biotechnology Research Center, drew the attention of delegates to the problem of healthy nutrition, which is increasingly relevant because of contemporary challenges such as obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. According to the Chief Nutritionist of the Russian Ministry of Health, the food industry should produce functional and enriched food. Speakers from Bonduelle-Kuban and PROGRESS told about how manufacturers have been implementing this promise in the Russian market.

The presentation by Jules Rojer, Technical Advisor for FSSC 22000 (the Netherlands), arouse great interest. He summed up the results of the first audits against  FSSC 22000 v 4.1 (this version was published in July 2017). As it turned out, the two most frequent nonconformities deal with food fraud and food defense. There are also some challenges in allergen management and environmental monitoring. Jules called on the delegates to prepare for unannounced audits, which would be conducted starting from 2019.

A special session was devoted to food fraud and food defense as the most challenging issues. During the session speakers from Wimm-Bill-Dann (PepsiCo), the Danone Group and SGS shared their best practices. Amongst other issues the KAT methodology was presented as the convenient tool for assessing product’s vulnerability to intentional contamination.

Due to the fact that a new version of ISO 22000 was published in June 2018, the report by SGS Lead Auditor Yulia Kryuchkova on how to ensure a smooth transition from ISO 22000:2005 to ISO 22000:2018 triggered a lively discussion. Yulia reminded that the old version would cease operation on June 19, 2021, so by that time the transition should be completed.

A stand-alone block of the forum focused on continuous improvement and efficiency, including Kaizen and LEAN. A mater class helped delegates acquire practical skills in value chain analysis as an important step for lean production. During the roundtable session “Exercising control function” attendees debated on how to find the right balance between insufficient and redundant control. Another session uncovered ways to build an effective supply chain. Speakers from Jacobs Douwe Egberts Rus, McDonald's Russia, Rosinter Restaurants, Greenhouse as well as the Retail Companies Association (ACORT) contributed to the success of those sessions. 

Мастер-класс по внедрению эдементов бережливого производства проводил Игорь Карасев, SGS Academy

During the roundtable discussion “Extending the forecasting time-frame: outlook into the future” delegates tried to imagine how the food safety management would change in 30-50 years. A unique brainstorming session took place with the help of Svetlana Sorokina, the television and radio presenter, and the futurologist Valerija Pride. This session generated many interesting ideas and insights.

Светлана Сорокина модерировала сессию, посвященную еде будущего, в рамках X Пищевого Форума SGS

The forum's exhibition displayed up-to-date food safety solutions animated by Kimberly-Clark Professional (professional hygiene products and PPE), Testo Rus (measuring equipment), Vileda Professional (professional cleaning systems), Soctrade (laboratory equipment) and Neftekhimservice (pest control).

The jubilee Food Forum ended with a “The Dancing Artist” live show, when an elegant painter created an oil canvas while performing a bright, dynamic dance.

Шоу 'Танцующий художник' завершил программу X Пищевого Форума SGS

You can feel the event's atmosphere through watching our video and listening to what delegates thought about it.

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


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