One month after China’s new food safety law went into effect, more than 300 food safety executives from around the world have gathered in Beijing this week for the fourth annual GFSI Focus Day China.

The event is held to help delegates find out how they can leverage the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) to meet the challenge of food safety in food operations throughout China. This year’s theme is innovation and “making the change” required to achieve the Global Food Safety Vision. Speakers at the event will touch on topics such as omni-channel food safety, trust and third party certification, with a special focus on what the new Chinese food safety law will mean for food operations.

The event kicked off with three major food safety announcements. The first was revealed to be a new public-private partnership agreement signed between GFSI and China’s Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) to accelerate food safety development. The partnership pioneers a new assessment approach and aims to improve the general level of food safety in China.

A second announcement was a new partnership between GFSI and the China Nutrition and Health Food Association (CNHFA) to take food safety to the next level in China. The agreement includes the local implementation of the GFSI global mission and a concrete cooperation plan towards a common goal.

Finally, GFSI and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) made a joint declaration, committing to scale up food safety capacity building in Asia and around the world.