The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the Mexican National Service of Health, Food safety and Agro-Food Quality (SENASICA), the Mexican government agency responsible for the safety of fresh and minimally-processed food products, formed a partnership to provide continuous improvement in food safety management systems and ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.

SENASICA has lead efforts among producers, buyers, state governments and private certification schemes to ensure that fresh products are safe.

This partnership and collaboration will focus on two aspects:

  • Enabling private schemes to act under Mexican regulation in addition to the certification of the official scheme, which will significantly increase the volume of officially certified products and subsequently ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.
  • GFSI and SENASICA working closely together on the enhancement of the Global Markets Programme in Mexico.

The intent behind this partnership is to strengthen the collaboration between the public and the private sectors to develop the basis for a mutual understanding, which will drive global change through public-private partnerships on strategic food safety issues, as well as improve harmonization between public and private requirements, promoting compliance with food safety practices, preserved identity and quality assurance of the products that are exported and distributed in the national territory of Mexico and worldwide.