(JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 08 AUGUST, 2013) – SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company will participate as a Silver sponsor at the 2013 Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) South Africa Focus Day, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 11 September, 2013.

GFSI, coordinated by The Consumer Goods Forum, was launched in May 2000. The GFSI Foundation Board provides the strategic direction and oversees the daily management of the GFSI. The GFSI mission is to provide continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.

The GFSI Focus Day will provide the South African food industry stakeholders with thorough background information on the principles behind the GFSI and will demonstrate real examples of the benefits that working within the GFSI framework provides. It will also serve as a unique opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange with top food safety experts and decision makers from global companies, local South African food industry and government.

‘SGS is proud to sponsor the first-ever GFSI Focus Day in South Africa and support the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide’, says Elfriede Giard, Business Manager, Systems and Services Certification at SGS South Africa.

The GFSI Focus Day is part of our continued effort to build awareness, exchange knowledge and educate food safety professionals on the Global Food Safety Initiative and our activities, specifically in markets where the GFSI Board has determined a specific strategic focus.

Food safety, quality and sustainability are essential for an organization to thrive in today’s consumer-led marketplace. No business can afford to leave to chance, the management of global multi-stakeholder supply chains. SGS provides trusted solutions that help protect products and enhance brand reputations at every stage in the supply chain.

‘SGS’s extensive worldwide network and expertise help supply chains comply against an increasingly complex worldwide regulatory environment’, says Giard.

To download a whitepaper comparing recognized GFSI standards go to GFSI white paper. SGS experts are available during the GFSI Focus Day to discuss your needs related to food safety, quality and sustainability.

Further information is available at GFSI  Focus Day South Africa.

For more details, please contact:

Outi Helena Armstrong
SGS SA, 1 place des Alpes
CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
t: +41 22 739 9161
m: +41 79 251 8218
Elfriede Giard
SGS South Africa, 58 Melvill Street
Booysens, Johannesburg
t: +27 11 680 3466
m: +27 82 895 4665

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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world.