Houston – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has released a new edition of its benchmarking requirements.
GFSI says in a statement that this seventh edition builds on the organization’s goal of providing “continuous improvement in food safety management systems so as to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.”
The benchmarking requirements are a key way, says GFSI, that it goes about achieving this “by setting the bar for good food safety practices that are then adopted by the industry at large.”
This seventh edition takes food safety practices “to the next level,” says GFSI.
For instance, it includes new requirements to:
• fight food fraud
• incorporate unannounced audits
• increase transparency and objectivity in the benchmarking process.
GFSI says this latest edition expands “its inclusive farm-to-fork approach by incorporating the new scope of the supply chain Food Brokers and Agents.”
The reason for the new edition is a result of GFSI evolving to keep up with a food industry that is rapidly changing, says GFSI.
“In a context of advancing science, new regulations and global trade, there is a need for more stringent requirements, raising the bar to ensure food is safe for consumers, no matter where in the world they live,” says GFSI.
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