When the “GFSC delegates were called upon to ‘make the change’ towards achieving the global food safety vision”, what exactly was meant by this call? What change and how? Was a re-focus for GFSI considered? As I have challenged in the post Where Water is Gold, what is the Global Initiative doing about these situations that are counter to assuring the safety of water and the safety of food? Addressing such situations has never been the intention of the GFSI may be the argument. What exactly then is the GFSI intention and the intentions of conferences like the GFSC 2016. Is an incomplete provision of needed solutions the intention? Is the global community to be content with GFSI solutions whereby assessors go to places that can afford to pay for the assessments while other places that also provide food for the global community struggle along?
I propose a revised focus of the Global Food Safety Initiative. I propose a focus that turns from certification schemes to practical solutions. Let’s have a GFSI that provides the know-how to places with poor water supply for the development of sufficient potable water resources. Instead of the development of more assessment schemes, let GFSI get involved in the actual development of scientific and technological solutions to help food operations. In short, instead of making operations pay for certification audits and certificates, let them use that money to obtain tools and needed operating resources.Instead of the current hands-off mode of merely criticizing or praising the performance of operation based on generic audit templates, let GFSI actually roll up its sleeves and help operations in providing answers to challenges that are unique to each operation. Let the technical know-how within the GFSI be put to practical use (hands-on). The GFSC 2016 Round-Up, as much as I have seen, did not provide any statement pointing in this direction.