GS1 Hong Kong’s Food Safety Forum 2022 – Food safety, transparency, sustainability in the spotlight | Taiwan News

HONG KONG SAR – Media outreach – August 31, 2022 – GS1 Hong Kong (GS1 HK) today hosted the 2022 Annual Food Safety Forum with the theme “Food Safety and Consumer Trust: Navigating the Way Forward”, where food manufacturers , service providers, brands, importers/exporters, logistics suppliers and retailers came together to discuss food safety and supply challenges posed by the lingering pandemic, and to seek ways to foster consumer confidence and the sustainable development of the industry. Mr. Tse Chin-wanSecretary of Environment and Ecology of the HKSAR Government, delivered a recorded opening message as the guest of honor to kick off the event. Mr. Anthony LiDeputy Secretary for Environment and Ecology (Food) of the HKSAR Government, Hon. Tommy CheungMember of the Legislative Council (Restoration) and Hon. Peter ShiuLegislative Counsel (Wholesale and Retail) were also on hand as award presenters to support the occasion.

(Left to right) Ms. Betty Leung, ex-advisor of Dah Cheong Hong Holdings; Ms. Anna Lin, Managing Director of GS1 HK; Ms. Teresa Cheung, Senior Senior Director (Food) of the Bureau of Environment and Ecology; Hon. Peter Shiu, Legislative Advisor to the Hong Kong SAR Government; and Ms. May Chung, Chair of the GS1 HK Food and Beverage Industry Advisory Board and Managing Director of Nestlé Hong Kong at the GS1 HK Food Safety Forum 2022 today.

In his opening message, Mr. Tse highlighted the government’s efforts to ensure food safety and mentioned that the Center for Food Safety was taking more than 66,000 food samples at import, wholesale and retail for testing, with an overall satisfactory rate of 99.9% in 2021. The Center also used social media to proactively gauge the public’s pulse on various security issues and deliver targeted messages on social media platforms, to raise awareness about food safety and dispel doubts and concerns in a timely manner.

“Food safety is an issue that involves three-way collaboration between government, commerce and the public. We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to make Hong Kong a healthy city where consumers can enjoy healthy food. safe for human consumption,” he added. .

Ms. May Chungchairman of the food and beverage industry advisory board of GS1 HK and managing director of Nestlé Hong Kong, quoted a report from Europe[1] that only a third of consumers surveyed think manufacturers are honest about their role in the food system – pointing out that a lack of transparency in food production is at the root of this lack of trust, “If we in the food industry, we need to improve the sustainability of the industry, consumers will need to have confidence in the way food is produced, manufactured, distributed, sold and governed, with the certainty that information about these processes is both accessible and transparent , which also brings us to today’s theme. See how the industry has come together around GS1 HK to dwell on this important topic.”

During the round table of pioneers, Professor Terence LauActing Chief Innovation Officer of Hong Kong Baptist University, Mr. Keith WuVice President and CEO of Fulum Group, Mr. Jeff Lawgeneral manager of Sun Fat Heung Food Products and Mr Chris Chan, General Manager (Global Supply Chain Management Division) of Yamato Logistics (HK), shared their ideas and experience on how to use data analytics to increase and improve their food safety and foster supply chain integrity. They agree that a proper traceability system with data captured and kept transparent, covering areas such as food production, processing, warehousing, logistics and retail, must be in place to ensure trust. consumers and increase competitiveness.

Co-located with the Forum, the “Quality Food Scheme+” and “Quality Food Scheme” awards ceremony was organized to recognize the achievements of 22 food-related companies that have demonstrated outstanding performance in management, food safety control and traceability. Please refer to the appendix or visit for the list of winners of both programs.

Mrs. Anna Lin, Managing Director of GS1 HK, appreciated the insight of the speakers and congratulated the recognized companies. Being one of the representatives of the APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS), she was delighted that the APEC Food Security Ministerial Meeting had accepted her submission on Building Community Resilience and Security. food supply chain through wider adoption of global data standards, which has been included in the APEC Food Security Roadmap to 2030. Read the roadmap here:

Regarding the issue of consumer trust in food companies, Anna believes that some simple digital technologies can help improve traceability, transparency and consumer trust. “GS1 HK’s ‘1QR’ is a great example of this: with a single QR code, businesses can offer consumers comprehensive information, such as nutritional information, certification, etc. When combined with tracking capabilities and GS1 HK’s traceability and authentication, merchants can build product credibility and safety, which helps promote local food quality. By harnessing the power of technology and the strength of our partners, GS1 HK remains committed to reducing food safety risks and accelerating industry growth.”


Recognized companies of the “Quality Food Scheme+” (in alphabetical order):

Diamond Company

  • AS Watson Group – Watsons Water
  • Coffee from Coral Holdings Ltd.
  • DKSH HongKong Ltd.
  • FrieslandCampina (HK) Ltd.
  • Hop Hing Oils & Greases (HK) Ltd.
  • Maxim’s Caterers Ltd.
  • Nestle Hong Kong Ltd.
  • Sims Trading Co.Ltd.
  • Sun Fat Heung Food Products Ltd.
  • Swire Coca-Cola HK
  • Tong Shun Hing Poultry (HK) Co. Ltd.
  • Tsit Wing International Holdings Ltd.
  • Vitasoy International Holdings Ltd.
  • Wyeth (HK) Holding Co. Ltd.

gold company

  • DCH Food Mart
  • High Speed ​​Supply Chain Ltd.
  • International Gourmet Foods Ltd.
  • Tai Luen Coffee Co. Ltd.

Recognized companies of the “Quality Food Scheme” (in alphabetical order):

gold company

  • AEON Stores (HK) Co.Ltd.
  • DCH Logistics Co.Ltd.
  • Aquaculture Technologies Asia Ltd.

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About GS1 Hong Kong

Founded by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce in 1989, GS1 Hong Kong (GS1 HK) is the local chapter of GS1®, supporting the digitalization of businesses to improve supply chain transparency and efficiency, ensure product authenticity and facilitate online and offline commerce. with global supply chain standards (product identification key and barcode) and a full range of standards-based platforms, solutions and services.

Currently, GS1 HK has approximately 8,000 member companies spanning nearly 20 industries, including consumer goods retail, food and foodservice, healthcare, apparel, logistics, and information and communication. technology. By engaging with communities of business partners, industry organizations, governments and technology providers, GS1 HK fosters a collaborative ecosystem with the vision of “Smarter Business, Better Life”.

Based in Brussels, Belgium, GS1® is a not-for-profit standards organization with 115 national chapters serving 150 economies around the world. For more information, please visit .

Melvin B. Baillie