Consumer confidence dropped to an all-time low after a number of public food scares sent shock waves through the food industry just over ten years ago. The widespread concern for safety prompted action, and retailers began to audit their suppliers so that they could feel confident in their ability to meet food safety 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. Due to food supply chains stretching across the globe it was important that any 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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