About the Event

[Webinar] Understanding the Global Food Safety Initiative
and its Alignment with FSMA


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Thursday, October 13 – 2:00 pm EST

COST – FREE (Exclusive NCA Member Benefit)

If you’re interested in attending this webinar, please contact Paul Kissin or call (202)534-1440.

As companies look to comply with FSMA, many suppliers and customers within the industry — as well as NCA members — are looking at GFSI and the role of private certification.

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit organization that brings together food safety professionals from around the world to identify the best food safety management practices in a given sector and to encourage the adoption and certification of those practices to provide “Safe Food for Consumers Everywhere.”   To many, GFSI is a “marketplace FSMA” operating quietly in the marketplace on a customer-supplier basis.  Certification to a GFSI-recognized “scheme” can help facilities meet, if not exceed the requirements of FSMA.  In addition, certification can help small food companies expand their businesses and gain access local, regional and even global value-chains.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Are approached by customers to become certified to a GFSI-benchmarked Scheme;
  • Decided whether to seek certifications from their own suppliers;
  • Seek to comply with the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act
  • Seek to optimize their limited resources and align their food safety practices to both comply with FSMA and become certified under GFSI.


Karil L. Kochenderfer
Principal, LINKAGES

Karil L. Kochenderfer is the owner of LINKAGES, advising clients in the fast-moving consumer goods sector on global trade, government and public affairs.

On a daily basis, she engages on issues related to food and consumer product safety, biotechnology, sustainability, the rise of global value-chains, regulatory barriers to trade, corporate stewardship and consumer trust and transparency on behalf of multinational corporate and trade association clients.

In addition, she serves as the North American Representative of the Paris-based Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and regulatory participates in U.S. embassy training programs.

Prior to establishing her consultancy, Kochenderfer directed the European public affairs program for the U.S. pharmaceutical industry and led the U.S. food industry’s high-profile initiatives on biotechnology, international trade and the environment. She regulatory engages with senior White House, FDA, USDA, EPA and USTR officials as well as foreign governments.  A frequent speaker, Kochenderfer has testified before Congress, addressed numerous business audiences in the United States and abroad and appeared in trade and business media. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan.

Event Highlights

  • Becoming certified in a GFSI-benchmarked scheme
  • Deciding whether to seek certifications from suppliers
  • Complying with the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act
  • Optimizing limited resources and aligning food safety practices to both comply with FSMA

This webinar is only available to active NCA members.

Manufacturers, Suppliers and Brokers:

If your company is not an NCA member and you are interested in this webinar and additional benefits NCA membership offers, please contact us.