PARIS and WASHINGTON, November 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), powered by The Consumer Goods Forum, hosted two hundred industry and government leaders at briefings in Washington D.C. yesterday. Foremost on the agenda was the alignment between GFSI and FSMA in the marketplace. The discussions highlighted the potential to better leverage GFSI for FSMA implementation, international business and enhanced food safety for consumers everywhere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379055LOGO ) Experts speakers included executive speakers from Amazon, Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Dole, McDonald's, Mondelez, Target, and Wegmans took the stage to speak to current challenges in a rapidly-changing food landscape and how each company has benefited from working within the GFSI approach. Food safety leaders called attention to the strong alignment of GFSI and FSMA. The private sector has developed robust tools within voluntary initiatives such as GFSI, which could be put to the service of the public sector, as both industry and government work towards the shared goal of safe food for consumers. Collaborating to Achieve Shared Goals The presence of government representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, foreign embassies and other government agencies was a strong testament to the expanding public-private dialog and the increasing interest in a collaborative approach. "There is a lot going on in the market place today. The food system is more and more complex and change will never be slower than it is today," said Mike Robach, Chair of the GFSI Board and Corporate Vice President, Cargill. " We are only as good as our weakest link and it is important that we operate seamlessly around the world. We want to bring everyone along the food safety journey."