The “International Food Standard” (IFS) was developed by German and French retailers for auditing agricultural production. Since 2005 also Italian trade associations are involved in the joint project. The standard is to help to improve food safety and quality of products, enhance consumer protection and confidence and increase costefficiency in the food chain.
By now the IFS does not only address private brand (“private label”) suppliers but also is highly esteemed as a food specific quality assurance system, which can be used by all producing food companies.
The summarised requirements of retail trade in the IFS are: Is a producer capable of delivering a safe productin conformity to the specification and in compliance with legislation?
- creating a basis for assessing all private brand (“private label”) suppliers
- one common standard with one uniform assessment system
- verification of the food company of fullfilling assignments in food safety, legality and quality
- accreditation and registration of qualified certification bodies and auditors
- creating comparability and transparency throughout the supply chain
- reducing costs among the suppliers and in trade
- improving food safety and product quality
- enhancing consumer protection and confidence
- increasing cost efficiency in the food chain
- mutual recognition of the conducted audits
- high transparency throughout the supply chain
- all producing companies in the food sector, which produce private labels by order of food trade
- all companies that need to evidence that they meet the requirements trading companies place on product safety, quality and legality
The IFS is oriented towards the Guidance Document of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The goal of the GFSI is to establish international safety standards for companies delivering private labels to trade and commerce. For this purpose, the GFSI has compiled key criteria, against which food safety standards are measured.
The requirements of the standard are structured as follows:
- corporate responsibility
- quality management systems/HACCP
- resource management
- production processes
- measuring, analysis, improvements
This leads to a food specific quality management system, which enables the required hygiene measures to be implemented in the company.
The results will be determined according to an exact scheme. There are four grades for assessment. Grading ranges from “A = full compliance with the criterion of the standard” to “D = the criterion specified in the standard is not fulfilled”. For each criterion, the auditee can achieve a certain maximum number of points. This number depends on the level on which the criterion is applied (basic level, advanced level, recommendation level).
Since February 2006, Quality Austria - Trainings, Zertifizierungs und Begutachtungs GmbH has been accredited for certifications based on the IFS acc. to EN 45011 by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and has thus been registered as the first Austrian certification body by the HDE (Hauptverband des Deutschen Einzelhandels– Main Association of German Retail Trade).
ISO/TS 22002-1/-4, ISO 9001, ISO 22000, BRC Food, CAC/RCP 1-1969 (Rev. 4 -2003), BRC/IOP, IFS Logistic, BRC CP, IFS HPC, FSSC
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