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ABOUT JFSM

PRESIDENT'S GREETINGS

理事長 西谷 徳治の写真

Welcome to the website of the Japan Food Safety Management Association (JFSM).

JFSM was founded in January 2016 as an organization for establishing and managing food safety management standards and certification schemes, and developing human resources in order to promote food safety and secure its trust in the food industry.

Recently, food production, manufacturing and distribution have become increasingly globalized. Due to this, food safety has become an important issue to be considered and acted on by a large number of both domestic and overseas food business operators.

There are about one million food related companies in a wide variety of business in Japan and they are either directly or indirectly connected by trading with other food related companies in the world. It is important for both food related enterprises and governments all over the world to promote food safety together. Food quality is a competitive field. Food safety, on the other hand, is a non-competitive field. Therefore, the entire food industry must share the responsibility and cooperate with each other beyond business relationships, to ensure the safety and reliability of food.

Needless to say, food is the life itself of every person. It is dependent on the regional climate, natural features and culture of each area. In the food industry, while there are huge multinational enterprises, the majority are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Thus, it is important to share common food safety knowledge in the world, and at the same time, to achieve food safety that matches the regional features and differences.

Nowadays, "Washoku" or "Japanese food culture" has spread globally and is enjoyed by many people. "Washoku" has been developed over many years and has been proved to be safe due to the long history and traditions that this culture has in Japan. In order to support the unique Japanese food culture, we believe that it is one of our missions to scientifically clarify the safety and to develop objective standards and guidelines for food safety management of Japanese food all over the world.

JFSM has also established, and is now promoting, step-by-step food safety management standards for food-related companies from SMEs to large enterprises. Regardless of size, we hope many companies will use the JFS standards and certification scheme to enhance the food safety level of the industry. Our aim is to strengthen basic food safety, to enhance transparency and to improve efficiency of the distribution of food industry through the JFS standards and certification scheme.

Thanks to the support of various stakeholders - food-related companies, food industry organizations, accreditation bodies, certification bodies, experts, consultants, and administrative organizations, we hope JFSM will contribute to the improvement of food safety in the world.

Thank you for reading.

President Tokuji Nishitani