Notes from the Field

Alexandra Emanuelli

Alexandra Emanuelli
Digital Content Editor

Hello GFSR Reader and pleasure to meet you,

I’m your new editor, Alexandra Emanuelli. We’re making some exciting changes at GFSR and I thought you, our loyal reader, would want to be privy. Each month, I’ll be checking in with you and giving you a short primer on the compelling articles our writers have created for you as well as introducing the theme and any other updates.

Volume 3, Issue 10

This month I attended my first GFSI conference. It was such a wonderful experience to meet and connect with industry insiders. We interviewed a number of them and we will be disseminating those interviews in the coming weeks and months.

March’s theme is packaging. Our feature piece looks into the rise of flexible food packaging as a means to provide lightweight, space-saving solutions for both consumers and retailers. The author, Jaan Koel, digs into the innovative use of nanotechnology as a means to preserve and detect changes in packaged foods. Jaclyn Bowen considers the next big trend in the “free-from” claim that is sweeping the market, as consumers are wary of chemical additives in product containers and packaging that can leach into food and drinks.


On our blog, Lois Harris examines the safety implications of vertical farming and the current legislation (or lack thereof) regulating the industry. Finally, we share innovative work coming out of Campden BRI on the subject of AMP technology and its ability to understand shelf-life.

Stay tuned for April’s issue on innovation and technology.

Volume 2, Issue 10

February’s theme is auditing. Judy Sebastian shines a light on how to digitize food safety audits effectively, providing some key tools for companies to consider when transitioning from paper to paperless. A different perspective on the audit question comes from Baharak Chegeni who eschews the question of when is the audit, for perpetual audit preparedness. Her four-step approach is something to consider for any company. On the blog we have a piece by Steve Hather encouraging engagement with a lesser considered side of mock recalls, external engagement. Finally, Lois Harris tackles the timely subject of meat recalls in the US and the report written by PIRG comparing the FDA and the USDA systems.


I hope you enjoyed this issue of eye on Food Safety. Next month’s issue is on packaging.

Volume 1, Issue 10

This month, the theme of our Journal is an exploration of industry trends. We have four fascinating articles on the subject, starting with John Keogh’s piece presenting Dubai’s Food Watch food safety management system, a platform that is using blockchain, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and more to modernize and digitize key information. Next we have profile on a Genome Canada award-winning company that can visually identify pathogenic species in real time.

One massive trend of 2020 is the plant-based product, author Paula Parejo dives into the important reasons behind to certify products with the plant-based certification. Finally, food safety training is always on trend, and we explore some of the latest techniques for ensuring your company retains that knowledge.

We hope these articles and blog posts resonate with you. If they do, share and like them and tag us @GFSR on social media and continue the conversation. We appreciate your feedback!

I’ll see you in February for our issue on audits.

All the best,