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PARIS and Santa Maria, USA, 9 December 2021 – The Global Food Safety Initative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety, and Azzule Systems, are pleased to announce that PrimusGFS version 3.2 has successfully achieved recognition against GFSI’s Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.

This recognition covers GFSI scope BI – farming of plants, while recognition against scopes BII, BIII, CII, CIII, CIV and G will follow shortly when the required number of accredited certificates will be achieved. This makes PrimusGFS one of the GFSI-recognised Certification Programmes encompassing a large proportion of the supply chain from farm.

Courtney Cox, PrimusGFS Director, said: “Azzule Systems is fully committed to serving the ever-evolving needs of the industry by offering supply chain solutions including the PrimusGFS Certification Programme, an international food safety standard endorsed and accepted by the largest retailers worldwide. GFSI recognition is an important tool for our clients in their efforts to continue strengthening their customer relationships.”

Marie-Claude Quentin, Senior Technical Manager at GFSI, added: “As we are nearing the end of the transition of all GFSI-recognised CPOs to Version 2020 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements, I would like to congratulate Azzule Systems for this latest achievement.”

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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.

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 Lisa Prévert, Senior Communications Manager, The Consumer Goods Forum: l.prevert@theconsumergoodsforum.com

About Azzule Systems
A leading provider of global data management solutions for firms throughout the fresh produce industry, Azzule Systems delivers secure, efficient, cost-effective storage, distribution and analysis of the data needed to support any supply chain. In conjunction with the food safety experts at PrimusLabs, we can customize programs to meet any needs. To learn more, visit: azzule.com.

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