IFS Food – The starting point is the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). It emerged in 2000 as a result of improving food safety by the Chamber of Commerce CIES – The Global Food Business Forum. It was initially formed with the participation of 40 commercial enterprises in Europe, North America and Australia. The aim of GFSI is to prepare a global food safety standard and enable businesses to sell safer food products in their own markets. Based on this, GFSI has made the food safety standard measurable by revealing key criteria.

The main purposes of the IFS Standard are;

  • Creating an inclusive framework of internationally accepted food safety standards
  • Helping improve food security
  • Ensuring the standardization of food safety criteria and follow-up procedures
  • Compliance with supplier demands,
  • Acceptance of Food Safety by suppliers,
  • Reduction in the number of supplier audits,
  • Improvement in product safety and quality,
  • It provides development and competitive market structuring in efficient working.

The IFS standard has become a commercial “ticket” in that it is a prerequisite for becoming the supplier of many companies and generally includes the minimum food safety requirements.

Key Elements of the IFS Standard;

  • Raw materials, packaging materials, additives and other inputs
  • Process conditions (From Input – To Shipment)
  • Basic environmental activities
  • Basic personnel related activities and rules
  • Hazard and risk analysis
  • Crisis management
  • Activities related to suppliers and visitors
  • Trainings
  • allergens, genetically modified products,
  • Traceability (from field to fork)
  • Responsibility of management and activities related to quality and food safety management system (Senior Management Review, internal audits, etc.)
  • Physical conditions

Certification Process

  • The duration of the audit varies depending on the size of the firm, the number of employees and the process.
  • Inspection can be done with or without notice.
  • Detailed English report is forwarded to IFS.
  • The inspection frequency is 12 months, depending on the inspection result.

IFS Cash & Carry / Wholesale

It covers the entire chain of food safety, from receiving goods to storage, from production processes to the way the products are placed on the aisle and to the delivery to the customer.

With this certification, the conditions under which the supplier’s products are produced and stored, and even which products are transported to the customers’ kitchens by which vehicles and at what temperature during the shipment phase are monitored.

IFS HPC Household and Personal Care Standard

Legal obligations regarding private label products include activities that include the approval of suppliers’ technical competencies. This standard provides a general basis for certification of companies supplying consumer products to various countries, helping retailers meet their legal obligations and protect consumers.

Although there is a variety of product lines, the standard regarding the determination of basic requirements and the creation of specific product guides will benefit both retailers and suppliers.

IFS Brokers

Broker and importer suppliers must implement food safety and quality requirements and meet legal and contractual requirements. In order to meet all these conditions, brokers and importers should take some applicable measures towards their suppliers. IFS Brokers is a standard created to check whether these applicable measures have been taken.

IFS Logistics

The standard was developed to assist retailers and other users in meeting legal obligations and protecting the consumer by providing a common ground for the evaluation of companies that store food products. It is the standard that describes the requirements that organizations that store products must comply with.

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