Fons Schmid re-elected as chairman FSSC 22000 Board of Stakeholders

Fons Schmid (64) has been re-elected as independent chairman of the Board of Stakeholders of FSSC 22000, one the four globally leading, Dutch based, private food safety standards. FSSC 22000 maintains license contracts with at present 95 certification bodies in over a hundred countries and counts almost 8000 food safety systems certificates. From 2009 Fons has been the independent chair of the Board of Stakeholders. The Board is responsible for the content and functioning of the certification scheme. The Board is composed of high level representatives of the whole global food supply chain.

Fons Schmid: ”I am pleased to be able to continue contributing to the success of FSSC 22000 and look forward to stimulate further rapid growth, extension of the standard with still lacking parts of global food supply chains and intensive cooperation with public authorities, to the benefit of consumer protection worldwide”.

Fons was the first Chairman of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in the starting period 2000 - 2004. GFSI is the global benchmarking organisation for private food safety standards, governed by practically all large food retailers and manufacturers worldwide. He worked for Royal Ahold during 24 years, where his last responsibility in the period 2000-2007 was Vice President Product Safety and Consumer Affairs. Recent working areas include projects and responsibilities with the UNDP, GlobalGap, Codex Alimentarius, the FAO, OECD and the UK-FRICH public programme on sustainable business development in Africa. His mission is to contribute to the responsible and healthy growth of companies and organizations in the food and agricultural sector, to the benefit of all in- and external stakeholders.