Meet SSAFE

WHO IS SSAFE?

SSAFE is a non-profit membership driven organisation that aims to foster the continuous improvement and global acceptance of internationally recognized food protection systems and standards through public private partnerships. What makes SSAFE unique is its focus on driving collaboration between the public and private sector to enhance the integrity of the food supply chain.

SSAFE is an organization whose contribution to the integrity of the food system is evidenced by the partnerships it fosters and projects it delivers. These include relationships forged with a diverse group of partners ranging from the the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome

to the World Bank in Washington D.C. Alongside SSAFE's work with these groups our projects have recently taken SSAFE to India and China to work on food safety training as well as the development of a global food safety framework for dairy farmers.

Project in Profile

Before the end of 2015 SSAFE will be launching its Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment Tool. Developed in collaboration with the University of Wageningen RIKILT and Free University of Amsterdam, SSAFE has developed a tool that will help any food business, irrespective of geographical location or size, determine where they may be vulnerable to fraudulent activities and prepare control plans. The tool will be available in three versions - in excel, on the web and as an app - and will be free of charge. Please revisit the website for more information in December.

History of SSAFE

Avian Influenza – The idea of SSAFE is born as the founding members engage in dialogue with the OIE and FAO while taking collective action to combat the spread of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza and protect public health in endemic regions
2004
Incorporation – SSAFE is formally incorporated as a non-profit organization with members from the private sector, NGOs and Academia
2006
More members – New members join SSAFE, providing broader representation of the food supply chain, enabling emerging issues to be addressed more holistically
2008
Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) – SSAFE signs MOU with FAO, achieves observer status with Codex and liaison status with ISO
2010
Projects - SSAFE launches a series of projects across the world to help strengthen the integrity of the food supply chain
2012
Refresh – More members join SSAFE, refreshes its website and brand, and refocuses its projects on its core mission and vision
2014

SSAFE STORY

In 2004, the Avian Influenza crisis showed the impact that animal and health issues can have on the global food chain in today’s society. In order to effectively address this threat, industry partners and intergovernmental organizations came together to promote the integrity of the global food system and rapidly respond. SSAFE was born! Formally incorporated in August 2006, SSAFE’s remit now extends beyond the original scope of work. Today, SSAFE continues to foster the improvement of internationally recognised food protection systems and standards through public private partnerships. By integrating food safety, animal health and plant health across the global food system, SSAFE is working to improve public health and well-being.

SSAFE LEADERSHIP

SSAFE is a board member led organisation and its commitment to integrating food safety with human, animal and plant health across the global food system is exhibited through its leadership. SSAFE Presidents are selected from existing membership and rotate on a regular basis. Currently led by Neil Marshall from The Coca Cola Company, past presidents have included the following members:

· Mike Robach, Cargill (2006-2009)

· Dave Corley, Nestlé (2009-2011)

· Ann Wilkinson, Zoetis (2011-2013)

· Dave Harlan, Cargill (2013-2015)

· Theodora Morille-Hinds, Kellogg (2015-2017)

· Neil Marshall, The Coca-Cola Company (current president)