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SGS will be speaking and exhibiting at Florida Association for Food Protection Annual Educational Conference, May 22-24 in St. Petersburg, FL.


May 21, 2018, 22:00


May 23, 2018, 22:00


St. Petersburg, United States

The Florida Association for Food Protection is comprised of a diverse membership of Industry, Government and University Officials, dedicated to education, research and development, service to its Members, and the community we serve. FAFP provides creates an event to provide more educational opportunities for food safety professaions to exchange information on protecting the food supply.

At SGS we have the expertise to mitigate risk and improve efficiency at every stage of the value chain from primary production to retail and hospitality, encompassing sectors including:

  • Primary production
  • Transportation, logistics and trade
  • Processors and suppliers
  • Retail and hospitality

Our Global FSMA Program Manager, Hank Karayan, will be presenting on FSMA VQIP Certification.

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM on Thursday, May 24


FSMA third party accredited certification rule, one of the foundational rules of FSMA, is a significant development in US food safety regulations. Third party certification of foreign suppliers is a prerequisite for US importers applying for the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program VQIP. It allows accredited certification bodies to conduct regulatory audits and issue certificates. Certification also opens new possibilities for FDA to monitor and regulate the US food supply using a risk-based approach, thus reaching a far wider volume of foreign suppliers while keeping a close eye on the whole process. In this session, we explore the various technical and regulatory aspects of VQIP certification and the main differentiators between supplier verification audits and VQIP certification.


From training and inspection, audit and certification, testing and advisory services to retail store checks and mystery shopping our global team of industry experts help you guarantee that your operations meet the highest global standards.

Our tailor made solutions are devised in close cooperation with your organization. They can include not only all industry sectors but also the increasing focus from clients and consumers on the social, economic and environmental impact of your day to day activities.

With more than 130 years experience, we understand the challenges that you face. Protect your brand, build customer trust and open the door to a more profitable business with food industry solutions from SGS.

Location: Hilton Bayfront - St. Petersburg, FL