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PARIS and COPENHAGEN, 19th August 2021 — The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety, and Danish Agriculture & Food Council are pleased to announce that its Global Read Meat Standard (GRMS), a product standard developed for the meat industry, has successfully achieved recognition against GFSI’s Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1. The recognition encompasses animal conversion (slaughtering of pigs, cattle, sheep, lamb, goats and horses) and meat processing – C0 and C1 of the GFSI benchmarking scopes.

“The GFSI benchmarking process is an excellent tool for maintaining and improving a certification programme. The GFSI recognition is of great value to meat companies with a GRMS certification”, said Karsten Bruun Rasmussen, General Manager, GRMS.

Elisa Carlucci, GFSI Technical Coordinator, The Consumer Goods Forum, said, “Everyone at GFSI congratulates the Danish Agriculture & Food Council on this achievement. It’s critical that organisations continue to help raise the food safety bar and they have once again proved their commitment to excellence”.

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

About GRMS (Global Red Meat Standard)

Danish Agriculture & Food Council, in partnership with its abattoir members and the Danish Meat Research Institute, has developed the Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS), a certification programme customised to the specific requirements applying to the red meat industry.

For further information, contact Karsten Bruun Rasmussen, General Manager, GRMS: KBR@LF.dk

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