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The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is opening a new stakeholder consultation, a key step in the benchmarking of  Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS) against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Version 7.2.

Already one of the GFSI-recognised certification programmes, GRMS applied for re-benchmarking upon the release of the new version of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. First published in 2006, the Standard is tailored to the specific needs of the red meat industry.

As part of its objectives, GRMS seeks to deliver transparency within animal welfare, quality, food safety and hygiene in meat factories, with the Standard setting out the requirements for processes related to meat production and products from pork, beef, lamb/sheep, goat and horse.

The format and content of the Standard are designed to enable the assessment of a company’s premises, operational systems and procedures by Certification Bodies against its requirements.

Why a Re-benchmarking?

GFSI continually evolves its requirements to reflect new industry challenges, best practice and stakeholder input. With the publication of a new edition, certification programme owners (CPOs) are invited to complete a new benchmarking process. This collaborative exercise is one of the key ways by which new requirements are implemented throughout the industry at large for the benefit of consumers everywhere.

Why a Consultation?

Open stakeholder consultations are an important step in this process to ensure the greatest transparency and objectivity, and are conducted after the desktop self-assessment review and the office visit led by an independent benchmark leader.

How to Participate?

To participate in this consultation, simply download the documents from our consultations page. After reading the Benchmarking Summary Report and the self-assessment forms that correspond the Scopes of GRMS’ application, you can send your comments to: gfsibm@theconsumergoodsforum.com by Friday 16 November 2018.


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