USA, Houston Texas. In a press conference at Global Food Safety Conference, an unprecedented public-private partnership was announced between the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the Mexican National Service of Health, Food safety and Agro-Food Quality (SENASICA), the Mexican government agency responsible for the safety of fresh and minimally-processed food products. The two entities will sign a letter of intent next week in Mexico City to highlight their commitment to this collaboration.
The intent behind this partnership is to strengthen the collaboration between the public and the private sectors to develop the basis for a mutual understanding, which will drive global change through public-private-partnerships on strategic food safety issues, as well as improve harmonisation between public and private requirements, promoting compliance with food safety practices, preserved identity and quality assurance of the products that are exported and distributed in the national territory of Mexico and worldwide.
GFSI and SENASICA hope that this partnership between public and private entities will act as a model for others countries, encouraging them to adopt third-party certification within their own contexts in order to enable the harmonisation of food safety systems and requirements worldwide for the benefit of producers and consumers.