Understanding Food Safety
Global Food Safety Initiative (or GFSI) is a non-profit generating organization launched in May 2000 under the Belgian Law and is managed by the Consumer Goods Forum. It aims to continuously improve the quality of existing food safety management systems by providing a platform wherein concerned food service-related parties can collaborate. GFSI came about following the period when food safety crises were plenty. To re-establish the consumer trust that was at an all-time low during that time, a business driven initiative was created. Since then world leading food safety experts from different companies, government, academia and international associations involved came together in several Technical Working Groups to discuss issues as defined by GFSI stakeholders.
GFSI targets to achieve the following objectives:
- Reduce food safety hazards by establishing convergence and equivalence between food safety management systems.
- Facilitate global food system costs by improving efficiency in operations and eliminating redundancy.
- Foster capacity building policies to retain effective and consistent global food systems.
- Provide a one of a kind international platform wherein stakeholders can exchange information, collaborate and sustain a strong web network.
The following food safety management standards or schemes have been recognized by GFSI because they have successfully fulfilled all the requirements specified in the GFSI Guidance Document. The approval is achieved through a thorough benchmarking process and the accreditation activities are carried out by a third party auditor.
- BRC Global Standard for Food Safety (Sixth Edition)
- CanadaGAP (Canadian Horticultural Council On-Farm Food Safety Program)
- FSSC 22000 Food Products
- Global Aquaculture Alliance Seafood Processing Standard
- Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS)
- IFS Food Version 6
- Safe Quality Food
Food Safety Management
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