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GFSI Essentials

Helen Timothy
April 30, 2021

eBook: Food Safety Audit Handbook

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eBook: “The Food Safety Audit Handbook”

Taken from a food safety auditor's perspective, this handbook highlights the top reasons for non-conformities with the two most popular GFSI schemes: BRC and SQF to help shed light on some of the reasons companies fail audits and to help prevent future failure.

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Regardless of where you are in your Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) journey - at the starting line, jumping over the first hurdle, or at the finish line - it’s necessary to understand why you’re racing. Do you know why GFSI is so important?

What is GFSI?

Created in 2000, GFSI aims to address global food safety crises and eroding consumer trust. The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) leads the initiative to improve food safety management processes. GFSI is a private organization that supervises and approves various auditing platforms as meeting set criteria. 

How does GFSI benefit the industry?

  • Reduce duplication of audits

  • Comparable audit approaches and outcomes

  • Ensure continuous improvement and customer opportunity for GFSI-benchmarked companies

  • Enhance trade opportunities

  • Improve consumer confidence in food safety

  • Increased cost efficiencies throughout the supply chain

“We have now built confidence in third-party certification because we have reduced inefficiency in the food system. Now, ‘Once Certified, Accepted Everywhere,’” said Karil Kochenderfer, GFSI North American Representative. 

BRCGS Americas Director, John Kukoly, Director of Certification Programs, BRCGS, points out that there are many reasons companies should pursue GFSI certification:

  • Customer mandate

  • FSMA

  • Roughly 40% reduction in product non-conformance

  • Competitive advantage

  • Superiority in the market 

GFSI-recognized Schemes for Food Manufacturers

  • BRCGS: Over 30,000 certified suppliers in more than 130 countries use BRCGS, making it an industry-leading brand and consumer protection group. BRCGS’s global network of accredited certification bodies issue certifications guaranteeing the standardization of safety, quality, and operational criteria, ensuring manufacturers meet legal obligations and protect their consumers and brand. Download our GFSI Checklist for BRCGS here

  • Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF): The SQF Program helps reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards. Recognized by GFSI, the SQF Program links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution, and agent/broker management certification. Download our GFSI Checklist for SQF here.

  • International Featured Standards (IFS): Eight separate food and non-food standards make up the IFS, covering processes throughout the supply chain. The IFS does not state what processes must be; it instead provides risk-based assessments to consider. Download our GFSI Checklist for IFS here.

  • Food Safety System Certification (FSSC): FSSC 22000 is the world’s leading, independently managed, nonprofit food certification scheme for ISO 22000-based certification of food safety management systems. Acknowledged by GFSI for the manufacture and processing of foods and food packaging materials, FSSC 22000 retains the flexibility to add scopes in line with market demands. Download our GFSI Checklist for FSSC 22000 here

The two top GFSI schemes are BRCGS and SQFour eBook, "The Food Safety Audit Handbook" offers insights to pass your audit. Download it here