Study Shows Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Results in Safer Food, Enhanced Regulatory Compliance, and Strengthened Food Safety Culture

Study Shows Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Results in Safer Food, Enhanced Regulatory Compliance, and Strengthened Food Safety Culture

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 10:05am

CONTENT: Press Release

ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Sealed Air’s Diversey Consulting in collaboration with GFSI released today the preliminary results of a GFSI study that explores the efficacy and business impact of the implementation of GFSI recognized schemes. Conducted by Sealed Air, the ‘GFSI Efficacy Study’ preliminary results were presented during the Global Food Safety Conference in Anaheim, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Certification to a GFSI recognized scheme demonstrates that food safety management systems are more effective, thus delivering greater confidence in the safety of the products which are delivered to the consumer,”said Catherine Francois, Global Director of Diversey Consulting.

The study included 834 food manufacturers across 21 countries, including organizations in North America, Mexico, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The research concluded that the primary driver to implement a GFSI recognized scheme was to meet an existing or new customer requirement. 

Noteworthy study results include:

  • A large majority of survey respondents say that certification against a GFSI recognized scheme has enhanced their ability to produce safe food
  • A majority of respondents say that certification has helped them improve compliance with existing regulations and helped them better prepare for future regulatory changes
  • The majority of respondents say that certifications have strengthened their food safety culture through enhancements in training, increased communication, better measurements and strengthened management commitment

Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart and Vice Chair of GFSI said, “This landmark study provides further evidence of the role credible private food safety efforts can play in advancing food safety, enhancing regulatory compliance and promoting a culture of food safety so that consumers worldwide can live better.

While the research also showed that short-term costs of implementing GFSI recognized schemes exist, some of the efficiencies hoped for through the elimination of redundancies have not been realized. The results will be used to drive even greater operational efficiencies by the GFSI Board.

The results from this study will be submitted for publication in a peer reviewed scientific publication.

Diversey Consulting is an independent consulting group within Diversey Care that offers solutions for food safety, risk management, operational efficiency and brand protection. As part of its offering, Diversey Consulting provides training, auditing and preparation for GFSI recognized scheme implementation. For more information, visit Diversey Care is a division of Sealed Air Corp., a leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. For more information about Diversey, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI was launched in 2000 following a number of food safety crises when consumer confidence was at an all-time low. Its collaborative approach to food safety brings together international food safety experts from the entire food supply chain at technical working group and stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events to share knowledge and promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry. GFSI is managed by The Consumer Goods Forum. For more information, please visit