Sharpen your expertise at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Conference

Trying to decide if you should take time out of your schedule to attend a conference? It’s a chance to hear from experts around the globe, find out more about common industry challenges and discover new ways to solve them in the constantly-changing world of food safety.

The 2019 GFSI annual global conference is focused on Emerging Challenges & The Future of Food Safety. It brings together leaders from the private, public and humanitarian sectors to discuss the latest advancements in food safety. The conference runs from Monday, February 25 until Thursday, February 28 in Nice, France.

John David, 3M global scientific marketing manager, says he is excited to attend and to hear about customer issues and the latest technology in the industry.

“Their mission aligns closely with ours at 3M,” he says. “GFSI has a mission to ensure the safety of food delivered to consumers, globally, through continuous improvement and harmonization, and we are working toward the same goals.”

Contact a 3M Food Safety Expert

Need more information on the total 3M Food Safety testing solution? Simply reach out and we’ll be happy to help you with any questions you have.


John says a proactive mindset is growing in the food industry.

“While testing food for contamination is a fundamental approach to food safety in all countries, still more needs to be done to get people up to speed and take a more preventive and holistic approach,” he says. “The key is global education and strengthening the culture of safety.”

Which sessions should you attend? We’ve prioritized a few must-see topics:


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 9:30 AM – 11:15 AM

This informational session kicks off the conference with an introduction to GFSI – their mission and their latest work in advancing food safety – and how you can apply what you learn in your own company. This session will also present findings from a joint survey of food operations around the world – the largest and most comprehensive formal GFSI-certified program to be conducted so far. They will reveal the results and present data and key findings of the study. 

Emerging & Established Challenges in Food Safety

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Experts in industry and government will offer insights and perspectives on regulations, hazards and trends in food safety. Industry leaders will discuss new challenges, like climate change and urbanization, and well-established risks like pathogens and allergens. They will also address consumer concerns about food risks versus the more complex reality. The founder of France’s National Institute for Cancer will share the role food plays in maintaining health and preventing chronic disease.

3M can help you develop a holistic approach to preventing food safety and quality issues. If you are interested in developing a comprehensive food safety plan, you can learn more about setting up an environmental monitoring program by visiting 3M’s environmental monitoring webpage.

Learning Lessons with New Technology

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

In this session, representatives from regulation, manufacturing and retail will look at the global inventory of incidents from this past year and share creative applications of technology that could prevent the recurrence of such events. Speakers whose companies were associated with recent, highly-reported outbreaks will consider how new methods of communicating information, from social media to blockchain, impacted these incidents. Experts from academia and regulatory bodies will share their own thoughts on applying new and emerging technologies to food safety issues.

You can learn more about how big data, blockchain, social media and other evolving technologies impact food safety. Watch Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety at Walmart, as he poses the question, “Are we winning the battle against foodborne disease?” at the 3M Global Food Safety Symposium.

The Future of Food Safety Is Data Management

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

We have a wealth of valuable information at our fingertips, ready to teach us how to better grow, process and sell safe food. This breakout session will use practical examples to illustrate how big data is currently applied in the context of food safety.

Speakers will examine the existing tools and approaches and demonstrate how these capabilities are helping companies improve consumer engagement, security and quality. We’ll hear how a Dutch supermarket uses a collaborative application of blockchain to trace oranges from the field to the juice carton, and how McDonald’s new digital data collection system highlights restaurant operation trends at both local and global resolutions. These real-life case studies will demonstrate how data management can help mitigate risks and improve confidence in many different supply chains, from meat to fruit to everything in between.

If you are interested in this topic, watch Dr. Burcu Yordem, a 3M Food Safety Scientist, explain how using hygiene monitoring data can help you meet regulations and optimize processes.

Register to view the webinar

Highlighting continuous improvement and safety

3M and GFSI both emphasize a culture of continuous improvement and safety. While the food industry and regulators are shifting their emphasis from finished product testing to preventative testing, more food manufacturers are being proactive with environmental monitoring.

Learn more about resources for food safety testing and monitoring.


Contact a 3M Food Safety Expert

Need more information on the total 3M Food Safety testing solution? Simply reach out and we’ll be happy to help you with any questions you have.