GFSI - Food safety audit certification program

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), coordinated by CIES – The Food Business Forum, was launched in May 2000.  Under the umbrella of the GFSI, seven major retailers, including Walmart and Tesco, have reached a common acceptance of GFSI-benchmarked food safety schemes (including FSSC 22000, BRC, IFS, among others).  To reduce redundancy in the supply chain, these seven retailers have agreed to common acceptance of certification to any of the GFSI-accepted schemes.

The GFSI was designed to help ensure the safe delivery of food to consumers, is coordinated by CIES. The Food Business Forum and was launched in May 2000.

The GFSI Foundation Board, a retailer driven group with manufacturer advisory members, provides the strategic direction and oversees the daily management of the Global Food Safety Initiative.

In September 2006, the GFSI Technical Committee was formed and is composed of retailers, manufacturers, standard owners, certification bodies, accreditation bodies, industry association and other technical experts.  It provides technical expertise and advice for the GFSI Board and replaces the previous GFSI retailer-only Task Force.

The GFSI aims to:

  • Provide a convergence between food safety standards through maintaining a benchmarking process for food safety management schemes.
  • Improve cost efficiency throughout the food supply chain through the common acceptance of GFSI recognized standards by retailers around the world.
  • Provide a unique international stakeholder platform for networking, knowledge exchange and sharing of best food safety practices and information.

LRQA is a market leader and specializes in certifying organizations around the world to FSSC 22000, and we're at the forefront in offering services to support clients with the GFSI Global Markets Programme

With so many food safety and assurance schemes in place, it can be tough to determine which works best for your business.  Let LRQA help.  We’re an accredited and trusted provider of assessment services to the food and beverage industry with over 25 years’ experience working with clients in over 120 countries.  We offer solutions and expertise to help meet your organization’s certification and business assurance needs.

Starting with an assessment of your existing food safety programs, LRQA can work with you to benchmark your processes and determine your most practical route to compliance and certification to one or more of the GFSI-accepted standards, depending on your requirements.

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