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PARIS and LONDON, 1st June 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 has successfully achieved recognition against GFSI’s Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1.

The recognition covers three of BRCGS Global Standards: Food Safety issue 8, Packaging Materials issue 6 and Agents & Brokers issue 2.

BRCGS Director, John Kukoly said, “BRCGS is thrilled to once again to be recognised by GFSI through their benchmarking mechanism. Our long-standing relationship and mutual support with GFSI is part of our vision to use science to create a safer world by providing world class assurance solutions to supply chains globally. Through this partnership BRCGS has long been recognised as a leading provider of certifications in the food industry, sought out by brands recognising both the value of a GFSI-benchmarked programme and the rigour of BRCGS. We thank all of those who participated in the development of our Standards, and those who utilise them as part of their brand protection systems.

Elisa Carlucci, GFSI Technical Coordinator, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “It’s a busy time for Version 2020.1 as more and more organisations apply for recognition to the industry’s most robust set of benchmarking requirements. I applaud BRCGS for their continued commitment and 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 Programme 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 programme 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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