MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 23, 2011) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is welcoming 25 Chinese delegates to Minneapolis for the Global Food Safety Forum’s 2011 visit to the U.S. American corporate members and GFSF partners in the US are hosting events and making presentations on regulatory developments and corporate risk minimization strategies in the United States.
Consisting of Chinese industry representatives of dairy, meat, packaging, and tracing companies, as well as provincial and central government officials, the delegation will gather for seminars, site visits, and engagement with counterpart regulatory agencies and industry leaders in the food safety sphere.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has been at the forefront of these proactive food safety initiatives. Recognizing the importance of China as both an exporter to the United States and a valuable market for American products, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has been a member of the GFSF since its creation.
The Department will host a seminar for the delegation focusing on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), risk minimization and crisis management tactics from a regulatory perspective.
The Department visit will be followed by a dairy farm visit in Waverly, MN and a visit to Thermo Fisher Scientific, a founder of GFSF and leader in the food testing industry, with a luncheon and presentation on food safety and testing equipment used by food companies in their production lines and laboratories. Through inter-governmental collaboration and industry engagement, GFSF bolsters food safety standards and practices throughout the global food supply chain.
GFSF grew out of the Food Safety Roundtable in China, hosted by GIC Group. It is now an industry non-profit organization offering a range of food safety activities and programs. Since its inception, GFSF has conducted a number of successful workshops, training sessions, meetings with government regulatory agencies, delegation visits, and special site visits for food safety problem solving at the plant level. www.globalsafefood.org