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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. –27 Feb, 2014 –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 recognised schemes. Conducted by Sealed Air, the ‘GFSI Efficacy Study’ preliminary results were presented during the Global Food Safety Conference in Anaheim, Calif. on Wednesday, 26 Feb.

Certification to a GFSI recognised 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 organisations in North America, Mexico, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The research concluded that the primary driver to implement a GFSI recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised schemes exist, some of the efficiencies hoped for through the elimination of redundancies have not been realised. 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.


Lasma Augustova-Rabaud

Communications and Content Coordinator

The Consumer Goods Forum


Rafael Echevarria

Corporate Communications Director

Sealed Air