ANSI’s Vice President of Accreditation Services Presents at GFSI Conference
Lane Hallenbeck, vice president of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) accreditation services, was a guest speaker at the recent Global Food Safety Conference in Houston, where he discussed conformity assessment, competitive advantage, and business growth for food safety holders. ANSI, which offers accreditation services for food safety, was an exhibitor at the 16th annual Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) event, which brought together nearly 1,200 delegates from 54 countries to collaborate on best food safety practices and highlight vital food safety topics during plenary sessions.
GFSI, an industry-driven initiative providing thought leadership and guidance on food safety management systems necessary for safety along the supply chain, organized the event. Experts representing various parts of the food industry, including equipment providers, government food safety officials, packaging manufacturers, and executives, attended the event and provided different expert safety insights.
During the plenary session, “Turning the tables, Taking Food Safety from Risk Management to Growth Generator,” Mr. Hallenbeck discussed the distinction between accreditation and certification, both of which are related to a third-party perspective—as opposed the second-and first-party roles of buyers and sellers. He also noted how ANSI is an existing multi-lateral recognition arrangement (MLA) signatory at many levels. [read related coverage here]
Mr. Hallenbeck leads executive operations for ANSI accreditation, which helps assure quality and safety of food products, systems, services, and personnel. While food safety scheme owners rely on ANSI accreditation to foster consumer confidence, state and local governments rely upon ANSI accreditation to demonstrate the qualifications of food safety handlers. To that end, ANSI’s accreditation provides assurance that standards, goods, and services meet essential requirements throughout the global supply chain.
Reinaldo Figueiredo, senior program director for ANSI accreditation, also spoke at the event’s breakout session entitled, “Certification-Driving Growth and Capacity in the Future.” The panel offered solutions for when a customer visit reveals a weakness in the food safety management system that should have been identified by the certification audit.
Booth at GFSI Event
About ANSI Accreditation for Food Safety
Through its product certification accreditation programs, ANSI accredits certification bodies that operate a number of certification schemes dedicated to food safety are in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems.
Laws in California, Illinois, Arizona, West Virginia, Texas, and New Mexico, as well as some local jurisdictions, require food handlers within their limits to have a food-handling training certificate from an ANSI accredited certificate program, demonstrating compliance with ASTM E2659, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, an American National Standard. (More here)
ANSI implemented the ANSI-Conference for Food Protection (CFP) accreditation program in 2012. ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection entered into a cooperative agreement to accredit organizations involved in the certification of food protection managers. The program is based on the Conference for Food Protection Accreditation Standards.
Read more about ANSI Accreditation for Food Safety.