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PARIS and London, 6th July 2021 — The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety, and BRCGS, a global consumer protection organisation that provides supply chain confidence through its suite of Global Standards, are pleased to announce that BRCGS for Storage and Distribution issue 4 has also successfully achieved recognition against GFSI’s Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1.

“BRCGS Director, John Kukoly said: “BRCGS is delighted to complete GFSI recognition for our new issue 4 of Storage and Distribution. Our new Standard has evolved to meet changing consumer expectations, supply chain dynamics, and technological advances in the industry. It is a fully flexible standard with multiple applications that can be applied at any point in the distribution chain from primary production to retail. We greatly appreciate the input from brands, retailers, storage, logistics and online retailers to help us upgrade the Standard to deliver assurance in product safety and integrity.”

Elisa Carlucci, GFSI Technical Coordinator, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “I applaud BRCGS for their continued commitment and for adding another standard to their scope of recognition. I look forward to seeing more organisations complete the recognition process in the coming months.”

About the GFSI Benchmarking Process

Benchmarking is a procedure by which a food safety Certification Program Owner (CPO) is compared to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. The process is designed to be executed in an independent, unbiased, technically proficient and transparent manner. A program is ‘recognised’ by GFSI when it has been verified that it meets every single GFSI benchmarking requirement, both in procedures and in operations. An independent benchmark leader, supported by the GFSI Technical Manager, assesses whether the application meets GFSI requirements, followed by a public consultation period that is open to all GFSI Stakeholders. The benchmark leader and GFSI Technical Manager then make a recommendation to the GFSI Steering Committee regarding recognition of the programme. The full process is defined in the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements document.

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About GFSI

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI; the Coalition) is a CEO-led Coalition of Action from The Consumer Goods Forum, bringing together 34 retailers and manufacturers and an extended food safety community to help oversee food safety standards for businesses and help provide access to safe food for people everywhere. As one of the world’s largest networks to help achieve safe food, GFSI is committed to making food safety everyone’s business and the Coalition members are addressing challenges facing food safety systems in their supply chains and the markets they operate in, and are helping to raise the food safety bar globally. Its ambition is to strengthen and harmonise food safety systems so they are able to feed the growing, global population and develop markets that can deliver food safely, no matter where in the world the consumer is. To learn more, visit www.mygfsi.com.

For further information, contact Lee Green, Communications Director, The Consumer Goods Forum: l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com

At BRCGS, we champion the highest quality. Improving trust in supply chains, through rigorous application of our Standards, we deliver products and services with global relevance and industry expertise. Benchmarking by GFSI is a key element of maintaining integrity in our programmes, valued globally by specifiers as part of supply chain assurance and enterprise risk mitigation. BRCGS is the trusted validation that strengthens Brand, Reputation through Compliance. For more information please visit brcgs.com


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