Consultancy for IFS
Food trade associations in Germany and France, with the help of international Associations retail distributors, responded to the food safety problem by developing the International Food Standards (IFS). The purpose of the standards is to unite various requirements of retail distributors in a single standard. Benefits of this include transparency increase along the value chain for food and reducing the number of audits for customers leading to cost reductions. IFS certification by a third party helps to demonstrate to the retail distributors that the requirements for a safer, qualitative food and legal requirements are accomplished.
IFS is divided into five chapters and below are listed the requirements that you must fulfill:
- The responsibilities of a high management
- Quality management systems
- Resource Management
- Manufacturing process
- Measurement, analysis and improvement
- Demonstrates that the company took the responsibilities to supply quality food product.
- Helps the supplier to see if it has accomplished its legal obligations.
- Enhances the capability of retail distributors to supply with food products within international standards.
- Support the growth of food security, minimizing the risks of liabilities to the product or its return.
- Enhances the reputation of the company.
- Decreases internal and external costs of audit using a uniform standard.
- Enhances the reputation, the brand and the image of the company.
- Supports the continuous improvement through the continuous surveillance and corrective action.