The Global Food Safety Initiative and the Mexican National Service of Health, Food Safety and Agro-Food Quality (SENASICA) have announced a public-private partnership that both groups say will boost consumer confidence in the safety of Mexican food.
The two groups will sign a letter of intent the week of March 5 in Mexico City to formalize their collaboration, according to a news release.
The motivation for the partnership, according to the release, is to:
  • strengthen the collaboration between the public and the private sectors on food safety issues;
  • improve harmonization between public and private requirements;
  • promote compliance with food safety practices; and
  • provide quality assurance for food sold commercially in Mexico and exported.
The public-private partnership will help align food safety expectations between industry and government, said Mike Robach, vice president of corporate food safety, quality and regulatory for Cargill Inc. USA and chair of the GFSI board of directors, in a March 1 news conference.
Hugo Fragoso Sanchez, representative of SENASICA, said in the news conference that the partnership with GFSI works in the interest of the Mexican government, growers and consumers. In addition to partnerships with food safety agencies from other countries, public-private partnerships are valuable, he said.