The IFS Food Standard is a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognised standard for auditing food manufacturers. The focus is on food safety and the quality of processes and products. It concerns food processing companies and companies that pack loose food products.
IFS Food applies when products are “processed” or when there is a risk of product contamination during primary packing. The Standard is important for all food manufacturers, especially for those producing private labels, as it includes requirements related to compliance with customer specifications.
The Standard supports the production and marketing teams in demonstrating brand integrity, safety and quality. IFS Food has been developed with full and active involvement of certification bodies, retailers, food manufacturers and food service companies, ensuring all stakeholder requirements are met.
The IFS Food Standard comprises of 6 Chapters covering:
- Senior management responsibility
- Quality and food safety management system
- Resource management
- Planning and production process
- Measurements, analysis, improvements
- Food Defense
The Standard offers international recognition, It’s risk-based, non-prescriptive approach supports continual improvement as well as ensuring a well implemented uniform system of quality assurance.
Benefits of the Standard:
- Improved understanding between management and staff relating to good practices, standards and procedures
- Optimised processes
- Monitoring of compliance with food regulations
- More effective use of resources
- Reduction in the need for customer audits
- Independent third party audits
- Fewer recalls
- Improved relations with customers and authorities, improved business opportunities
- Improved business reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality and safe products
- Ability to trade with customers requiring third party audits
- Use of the IFS logo and certificate to demonstrate compliance with the highest standards.
The cost of IFS Food Certification depends on a number factors relating to your facility, including the product scopes, technical processes involved as well as the number of employees.
To take the first steps in becoming IFS Food certified, please contact our office via our contact us page so we can assess the requirements of your business