GLOBAL – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has expanded its membership with the addition of three new members Kersia, McDonalds, and YUM! Brand.

According to GFSI, the new members display their commitment towards strengthening GFSI’s position of ensuring access to safe food for people everywhere.

The Coalition’s membership now totals 42 Companies, all of whom are members of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).

“We are delighted to welcome companies of this stature, and look forward to their collaborative leadership in making sure that more people have access to safe food across the globe.

“Kersia, McDonalds and Yum!Brands arrival to The Coalition reaffirms the significance of GFSI’s role in the food safety community and its ongoing pursuit towards overcoming the challenges we face today,” said Erica Sheward, Director, GFSI.

Kersia is a global leader in food safety and biosecurity with value-added products and solutions to prevent disease or contamination in animals and humans.

McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s largest fast food chain present in over 100 countries with more than 40,000 outlets.

Yum! Brands, formerly Tricon Global Restaurants, is an American fast food corporation listed on the Fortune 1000. Yum! operates the brands KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Habit Burger Grill, except in China, where the brands are operated by a separate company, Yum China.

“Kersia, McDonalds and Yum!Brands arrival to The Coalition reaffirms the significance of GFSI’s role in the food safety community, and its ongoing pursuit towards overcoming the challenges we face today.”

Erica Sheward, Director, GFSI


Last year, Develey, Kerry, Spinneys and Sysco also joined the GFSI coalition. The four companies are now part of a unique group that is collaborating across borders to ensure safe food for everyone.

CGF is the only organization that brings consumer goods retailers and manufacturers together globally. It helps them to collaborate, alongside other key stakeholders, so as to secure consumer trust and drive positive change, including greater efficiency.

“Everyone has the right to access safe, nutritious, and nourishing food which is why GFSI’s work is critical to every community across the globe. As one of the world’s leading networks to help achieve safe food, GFSI is committed to making food safety everyone’s business,” says GFSI.

Canadian Grain Commission attains Technical Equivalence

Meanwhile, the Canadian Grain Commission Food Safety Identity Preserved Quality Management Standard (CGC FSIP-STAN 1.1.0, 23 September 2021) has achieved acknowledgement against GFSI Technical Equivalence Requirements version 2020.

The acknowledgement encompasses GFSI Scope BIII – Pre-process Handling of Plant Products.

“The Canadian Grain Commission is proud to offer grain safety programs that continue to meet the high standards required to achieve GFSI Technical Equivalence, allowing certified Canadian companies to compete in a constantly evolving global market,” Doug Chorney, CGC Chief Commissioner said.

Technical Equivalence is a category of GFSI benchmarking process dedicated to government-owned standards. It acknowledges the equivalence of the standard’s content to the relevant scope(s) of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Part III.

Unlike GFSI recognition, Technical Equivalence does not include the assessment of the programme’s governance and operational management.

“The inclusion of a wide range of Certification Programme Owners is critical for GFSI’s ambition to build capability in the area of food safety management across the globe, alongside harmonization activities through the Benchmarking process.

“Congratulations to the team for their continued dedication towards demonstrating alignment between their standard content and GFSI requirements,” said Lalaina Randriamanantsoa, GFSI Senior Technical Manager.

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