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 our partnerships and the projects we deliver. These include relationships forged with a diverse group of organizations ranging from the the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome

to the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in the Americas. Alongside SSAFE's work with these groups our projects have recently taken SSAFE to India and China to build food safety capacity, development of a global food safety framework for dairy farmers, a tool to mitigate agains food fraud, and a guide on how to manage food safety in M&A.

Project in Profile

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) continue to grow across the food sector. However, as more and more companies merge there continues to be a lack of focus on Food Safety during due diligence and post-merger integrations activities. Therefore the members of SSAFE have joined up to provide a useful free guide and checklist on how to best manage food safety as part of M&A activities.

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.
SSAFE is formally incorporated as a non-profit organization with members from the private sector, NGOs and Academia. Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) are signed with OIE, FAO, GFSI, and we achieve observer status with Codex and liaison status with ISO.
More members join SSAFE, providing broader representation of the food supply chain and enabling emerging issues to be addressed more holistically through effective project work.
SSAFE continues to mature by expanding its partnerships and launching a series of new projects across the world to help strengthen the integrity of the food supply chain.
More members join SSAFE, our branding and website are refreshed, and a review of our strategy reinforces our focus on projects and the core mission and vision.


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 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 the membership and rotate on a regular basis. Currently led by Adrian Sharpe from Kerry, 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 (2017-2020)

· Adrian Sharpe, Kerry (current President)