GFSI and the Compliance Challenge for Food Safety

Food, Food Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Food Safety & Regulation,
  • Thursday, May 13, 2021

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition offers a food safety passport to the global market, but companies are finding it harder than ever to achieve compliance. Between 2013 and 2018, there was a ten percent increase in food recalls. In this exclusive webinar, experts in compliance, science and technology unpack the solution for the food industry.

GFSI is one of the world’s most widely-accepted benchmarking standards for food safety. Supported by retailers such as Walmart, Carrefour, Migros and Tesco, it harmonizes global requirements for manufacturers and farms to ensure safe food for consumers.

GFSI encompasses many recognized food safety schemes, including BRC, CanadaGAP, GlobalGAP, FSSC 22000 and SQF. Recently, GFSI updated its standards for Canada, requiring 100 percent compliance when many producers struggle to achieve 85 percent. This was one of many recent changes to food safety standards that have left companies exposed to new risk in customer and supplier dealings. Combined with the pressures of COVID-19, food security is at an all-time low.

In a live panel conversation followed by audience Q&A and a breakout presentation, the speakers will share insight from their positions at leading food producers, auditors and software providers. Topics will cover the evolving requirements in safety regimes and corresponding corporate challenges and how these challenges can be met with the best of modern food safety methods and software.



Kantha Shelke, Ph.D, CFS, Principal, Corvus Blue LLC

Kantha Shelke’s experience includes senior positions at Ben & Jerry’s, ACNielsen, and Continental Baking. Through her firm, Corvus Blue LLC, she provides expert witness services for product recalls, patent infringement, and FDA and FTC compliance litigations. She contributes to peer-reviewed scientific journals and regularly appears in mainstream media coverage of CPG food science. Kantha currently teaches in the Johns Hopkins University Master of Science Program in Food Safety Regulation.

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Dr. Liliana Casal-Wardle, Senior Director Food Safety & Supply Chain Risk Management, The Acheson Group (TAG)

Over 20 years, Liliana Casal-Wardle helped shape the international food safety program for Hershey’s. She’s a global subject matter expert in food safety, regulatory and technical requirements for supply chain compliance. At The Acheson Group, Liliana’s expertise is targeted at chocolate, confectionery, commodities, snacks, dairy and baked products.

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Kevin Davies, Chief Design Officer, Provision Analytics

Kevin Davies manages user experience for Provision food safety software, leading the company’s product development roadmap and user interface design. Previously, Kevin built a CPG compost company that processed 47 million pounds of food waste for clients such as Starbucks. His design for closed loop food systems has won a Manning Innovation Award and a Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Operations executives at food packers, processors and manufacturers
  • Managers of food safety, quality assurance, and supply chain
  • Food safety auditors and consultants
  • CPG food entrepreneurs and accelerators
  • Agricultural associations

What You Will Learn

In this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • Changes and trends in food safety standards
  • Compliance failures and corresponding controls
  • Risk management case studies from small, medium and large food companies
  • How to configure food safety forms to achieve one-minute mock recall compliance

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Provision Analytics

Without software, information rarely leaves paper forms, making it difficult to continuously improve compliance and quality in food. Provision has built food safety software that boosts speed and accuracy in data entry, creating a central insight hub that can quickly manage inventory, audits, and analytics.

Provision software is based on customizable food safety forms. Users can set rules for their data to catch deviations as they happen, and can autofill form sections from prior submissions. The forms automatically track inventory by location through each production stage, enabling efficient mock recall compliance. And any data collected in Provision forms can populate customizable reports. This allows data-driven decisions, by correlating process variables with product outcomes.

Provision is available for as little as $49/month, and can be rolled out for enterprise clients with full service engagements. The software is now used for over half of the cold food in transit across Canada.  For more information, visit

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