Comparing Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Recognised Standards
Retailers, manufacturers, foodservice operators, caterers, industry associations, technical experts and governments all have one thing in common when it comes to food safety. They recognise that consumers’ confidence dropped to an all time low after a number of public food scares sent shock waves through the industry just over ten years ago. As with many industries, this widespread concern for safety prompted action. Retailers began to audit their suppliers so that they could feel confident in their suppliers’ abilities to meet their food safety system demands. This meant that suppliers often found themselves being repeatedly audited by individual retailers, creating a massive duplication of audit procedures.
The industry soon came together to look at what could be done to improve the situation and reduce the strain on suppliers while maintaining the required safety levels. While consumers needed a reassurance that the food they were purchasing and eating was guaranteed as safe for consumption, the unnecessarily repetitive audits needed to be reduced. Due to food supply chains stretching across the globe it was important that any industry solution covered both the end-to-end supply chain and influenced the industry on an international scale. As a result of all these combined issues, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was developed.
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