GFFC 2005: São Paulo

The first International Congress on Food Safety and Food Security – the 1st Global Feed & Food Congress (I GFFC) was held in July 2005, in São Paulo, Brazil. The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) with technical assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organization/United Nations (FAO/UN) organized the congress which was hosted by the Brazilian Feed Industries Association (SINDIRAÇÕES). Brazil was chosen to host the first edition of the Congress for being considered the “future world grain supplier”.

Over three days participants and speakers from all over the world joined discussions on important aspects of the future of the productive food chain. SINDIRAÇÕES was very proud to state that this initiative, the first of its kind, was an absolute success. Representatives joint from China, United States of America, India, Germany, Ireland, England, Brazil, along with other 43 countries, each of them contributing to this immense debate.

The response from the public could not have been better, with people from 130 countries and 400 Brazilians from different sectors of the productive food chain, government to private companies attending. The interest was measured by the eagerness of the audience, by their determination to see all the panels and by the initiative of finding speakers after each lecture or presentation to continue discussions about the subject presented.

The organization and infrastructure of the event was impeccable and despite the large number of participants as well as the fact that some activities continued for almost 12 hours, everyone were allowed to take full advantage of the congress.

 

Programme highlights

  • How to guarantee food safety;
  • How to guarantee the quality and conformity of animal feed;
  • How to produce safe food;
  • Codex Alimentarius;
  • Animal Feed Industry;  and
  • International Trade

Good prospects


Flavia Castro, Executive Director of FEEDLATINA (and GFFC Organizer, Technical and Quality Coordinator of SINDIRAÇÕES, Brazil in 2005), gives his comments:

“The Congress was a first step on a way to more practical solutions. With the production of safe foods and the use of Good Manufacturing Practices, we will diminish waste, improve the quality and the price of food, create more jobs and increase both internal and external market demands.

We managed to have a very good glimpse of our prospects for the sector. We presented ourselves as entrepreneurs and as holders of a good technology. The positive response from the participants and from the press confirmed the success of the event.

We discussed European, American and Brazilian standards for food production, always keeping in mind the importance of political, social and economical characteristics of each country. We pondered on the differences in sanitary and commercial barriers. Latin America could say that it is going to fight to protect their market.

As an example of the enlightenment brought by this conference, I can mention the lecture of Prof. Mário Penz about the truths and myths on poultry and pork industries. We also learned from Maria Cecília Corsi (a nutritionist) how to emphasize food quality and safety to the final consumer. When a sector expands its horizons, everyone wins.”

 

Congress numbers

Participants: 462

Countries represented:

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, North Korea, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Switzerland.

Lectures: 80

Brazil: 41

Other countries: 39