The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) approves various food safety schemes which enable accredited food companies to advertise their products and services everywhere world-wide. GFSI has brought order and harmony to food security standards, reducing duplicate auditing in supply chains and supplying world-wide evidence of adherence to acceptable standards while leaving flexibility and option to companies in the food industry.
A number of the more significant food security standards which were successfully benchmarked by GFSI are brc ifs, Safe Quality Food (SQF), International Food Standard (IFS), FSC 22000, PrimusGFS, GlobalGAP, and CanadaGAP.
Each has its position in the food industry. Some are a better fit for harvest farms although some apply to food processers, packagers and distributors. This flexibility has hastened the fast adoption of GFSI-approved standards within food industries.
Tens and thousands of companies in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, as well as in Asia have received a GFSI-approved certification which is accepted everywhere in the world. Included in these are such recognizable names as:
6. Giant Food
These companies usually demand that providers in their food chain show accomplishment of an okay GFSI-approved standard or no less than a verified HACCP Plan (which is the premise of most GFSI standards). The giant retailer WalMart, for instance, requires their suppliers to accomplish a GFSI-approved certification or risk losing their business.
The impetus to achieve a GFSI-approved certification has grown using the 2011 passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the U.S. and similar measures approved world-wide. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slowly applying FSMA rules for national companies, it is cognizant of GFSI-approved schemes and looks to be charting a parallel path, one that’ll make it simple for anyone in the food industry to comply with FDA regulations if they already hold a GFSI-approved certification.