Global Food Safety Conference 2012


LRQA is a premium sponsor of the Global Food Safety Conference 2012 organised by the Consumer Goods Forum and themed 'Advancing Global Food safety Through Collaboration'. It will take place in Orlando (USA), from February 15 to 17.

Over 1,000 food safety specialists from more than 60 countries are expected to join the conference in Orlando. Specialist include retailers, manufacturers, producers, food service operators, food safety service providers, academics, certification and accreditation bodies, government officials, public authorities and international organisations.

Breakout session: 'Global Food Supply Chain Collaboration'

Thursday 16, 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm

In this session you will find out how one of the world's leading food manufacturers collaborates with partners from across their supply chain to deliver world-class performance. 
Mars and their supply chain partners are joined by LRQA, sharing insight, expertise and examples of best practice; showing how their approach to auditing and certification, through the harmonization of food safety requirements, is paving the way for excellence. 


  • Frank Yiannas, Incoming GFSI Board Vice Chairman and Vice President Food Safety, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., USA


  • Cathy Stannard, Global Head of Quality & Food Safety Management, Mars Incorporated, USA

  • Andrew J Smith, President, LRQA, Inc , USA

  • Roger Bont, Global Quality Assurance Director, Corporate Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Cargill, USA

  • Jennifer Yezak, Global Food Safety Manager, Wrigley, USA

LRQA breakfast: 'Improving Performance and Reducing Risk – The role of management systems, audits and certification'

Friday 17, 7.45 am-8.45 am 

In this session, LRQA and their clients share their expertise and experience relating to the role of robust assessments and sector specific auditors in helping organizations to optimize their management systems. In addition, Fons Schmid, the Chairman of the FSSC 22000 Board of Stakeholders, will give an update on FSSC 22000 to cover both the future strategy and plans.

Join LRQA in a discussion on the benefits of a customized audit program that addresses the requirements of stakeholders including suppliers, clients and regulators.

This interactive presentation will demonstrate how such audit programs can extend into risk areas other than food safety such as quality, environment and sustainability.


  • Cor Groenveld, Global Product Manager, Food Services, LRQA, The Netherlands

  • Fons Schmid, Chairman of the FSSC 22000 Board of Stakeholders, The Netherlands

  • Stefan Speelmans, Health & Safety, Environmental and Quality Manager, ACP Europe, Belgium

  • Jacques de Groot, Quality Assurance Manager, VanDrie Group, the Netherlands

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LRQA Business Assurance helps you manage your systems and risks to improve and protect the current and future performance of your organisation. 

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