The COVID-19 health crisis has changed the business landscape of the food industry from the restaurant and food service sector to manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and retailers. This webinar will help you uncover strategies to manage food safety risks during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the recovery period.


May 12, 2020


May 12, 2020




The objective of this webinar (50-minute presentation / 10-minute Q&A) is to provide an overview of the impact of COVID-19 upon the food industry and how to manage food safety risks during the pandemic and into the recovery period. Our experts will present a summary on the epidemiology and transmission of COVID-19. We will review some of the challenges that food businesses need to tackle from conducting risk assessments and extending Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certificates to updating testing and environmental hygiene monitoring programs.


  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): An introduction
  • Environmental monitoring and testing programs
  • Hygiene Monitored Program and Factory Restart Program
  • GFSI certification schemes: Updates, remote audits and certificate extensions
  • Conclusion
  • Q&A


The COVID-19 health crisis has impacted all sectors of the food industry, most notably the restaurant and food service sector in addition to manufacturers, suppliers and retailers. As restrictions in countries start to be eased, businesses may need to re-evaluate their environmental monitoring and testing procedures, including provisions for periods of closure and reopening. Food operators need to adopt best practices for monitoring activities, cleaning and sanitation procedures, employee hygiene and welfare, and maintaining business continuity. The situation around the GFSI schemes has evolved over the last few weeks, our experts will help you navigate the various options to ensure maintenance of your certificates.

Target Audience

The webinar is aimed at all food quality and regulatory compliance professionals.

Language: English
Cost: No Charge


Franck Pandiani – SGS Global Business Manager – Food Molecular Biology, SGS
Evangelia Komitopoulou – SGS Global Customized Solutions Manager – Food Safety & Quality, SGS
Zeb Blanton – SGS Global Food Technical Manager
Jeremy Chamberlain – SGS Global Food Certification Manager

Can't Make a Live Session?

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Buckley
Senior Global Marketing Manager
t: +1 973 461 1498


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