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PARIS , 18th August 2014 — The GFSI Board of Directors is pleased to announce that IFS – International Featured Standards has achieved recognition against the Guidance Document Sixth Edition for the scope of Storage and Distribution (J). This is in addition to the scopes for which IFS has already achieved GFSI recognition (C, D, EI, EII, EIII, EIV, and L). The GFSI Guidance Document’s Scope J, Provision of Storage and Distribution Services, is the latest extension to the scopes covered by the GFSI benchmarking requirements, and includes the management of safety schemes for storage facilities and the distribution vehicles for food and feed.

The GFSI Benchmark Committee was led by Vince Craig, director of MTS (UK) with the support of Cloeann Durham, Sr Director Quality Assurance, the Coca-Cola Company, and Petro Zapata, Manager, Quality Assurance, Yum! Brands, Inc.

GFSI’s Guidance Document Scopes of Recognition

The GFSI is now providing a solution for storage and distribution activities, another key part of the food supply chain. We are encouraged to see schemes coming forward for GFSI recognition so soon after this scope was integrated into the Guidance Document benchmarking requirements,Cenk Gurol, Vice President, Food Safety Initiative, AEON Co., Ltd and Chair of the GFSI Board.

IFS is proud that the IFS Logistics scheme is the first global scheme to earn the GFSI benchmark for storage and distribution. The hard work of the GFSI team and its dedication to safety throughout the supply chain is evident in the challenges presented in the benchmarking process, as well as the ongoing global efforts of GFSI. IFS strives to continually meet those benchmarking challenges to ensure its users are leaders providing safe and quality products in their respective place in the food supply chain,” Stephan Tromp, Managing Director, IFS Management GmbH.


IFS Standards are developed and steered by the industry sector in the food supply chain for which they apply. IFS standards ensure the safety and quality of food and non-food products and related services. IFS Standards help companies comply with all legal food and non-food safety and quality requirements. Companies accepting IFS standards can be sure that their suppliers have achieved high levels of safety and quality programs through rigorous third-party audits. With more than 15,000 certifications among all IFS standards globally, IFS is a leader in food and non-food certifications in the food supply chain. Schemes developed include IFS Food, IFS Logistics, IFS PACsecure, IFS Broker, IFS Wholesale/Cash & Carry, IFS Food Store, and IFS Household & Personal Care.


The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI was launched in 2000 following a number of food safety crises when consumer confidence was at an all-time low. Its collaborative approach to food safety brings together international food safety experts from the entire food supply chain at technical working group and stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events to share knowledge and promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry.


The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was founded to deliver equivalence and convergence between effective food safety management systems through its benchmarking process and continues to flourish in doing so. Benchmarking is a “procedure by which a food safety‐related scheme is compared to the GFSI Guidance Document”. The benchmarking process determines equivalency against an internationally recognized set of food safety requirements, based on industry best practice and sound science. These requirements are developed through a consensus building process by key stakeholders in the food supply chain and can be found in the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition, freely available for download on www.mygfsi.com. RECO The common acceptance of GFSI recognised schemes in the global market place by buying companies provides flexibility and choice within the food supply chain. Acceptance furthermore drives cost efficiency and consistency in when sourcing food and delivers greater confidence to the end users of third party certification.


GFSI is managed by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global, parity-based industry network, driven by its members. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of over 650 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders across 70 countries and reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Forum member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.1 trillion. With its headquarters in Paris and its regional offices in Washington, D.C., and Tokyo, the CGF serves its members throughout the world.

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