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IFS – International Food Standard
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IFS – International Food Standard

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Due to the need to buy food in stores to find out how to supply raw materials and foodstuffs, food vendors in France and Germany formulated the International Food Standard (IFS) in coordination with other countries around the world.

IFS (International Food Standard), relying on the quality management system, HACCP, managing responsibility within the framework of customer requirements, managing resources and product requirements, based on GMP principles, The safety of food production processes and the safety of food products are in accordance with European standard EN 45011.

The IFS is a non-profit organization, which finances itself with the selling of the different IFS standards and the fees to the certification bodies for the uploading of audit reports.
IFS-standards are developed for all type of retailers (all sizes of companies and shops, independent or not) and for wholesalers with similar activities (e.g. cash and carry). They all have to ensure the safety of their “own branded” products they sell.
IFS (International Food Standard) helps to comply with all legal safety requirements and gives common and transparent standards to the all concerned suppliers as well as a concrete and strong answer to the high safety expectations of customers.
The IFS (International Food Standard) is a food safety and quality standard in one. The IFS has been developed to inspect the competence of food producers in food safety and in quality with one set of standards.
IFS standards system is using a risk-based approach: during the audit, the IFS auditor only checks to see that the solution implemented by the applicant works and guarantees to produce safe quality products.
The “IFS Food” is a Standard for auditing retailer and wholesaler branded food product suppliers and only concerns food processing companies or companies that pack loose food products.
The IFS Food can only be used when a product is “processed” or when there is a hazard for product contamination during the primary packing.
The IFS covers both food and non-food products (like cosmetics, household products or daily use goods).
The IFS is a common food safety and quality standard with a uniform evaluation system used to qualify and select suppliers. The objective is to build confidence in products and processes by ensuring safety, quality, legality and compliance with specified customer requirements.

Having a common standard and a uniform way to evaluate the quality level of suppliers reduces the need for second party audits. For retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, supply chain management becomes more consistent and efficient. It reduces the overall costs of the process, and increases the level of safety for customers, suppliers, and consumers.

While it may be a ticket to trade with retailers, it is also a chance for you to demonstrate your commitment to food safety, quality, and legality, and to work on continual improvement.

International Food Standards

Benefits of standards implementation:

– Increase customer and consumer confidence

– Increasing the quality of products/services

– Reduce waste and losses in products/services and ultimately reduce costs

– Save on consumables and increase profits

– Planning, implementation of affairs in the form of a predefined international system

– Improve performance, increase productivity and speed in affairs

– Increase efficiency and customer satisfaction

– Reducing the number of complaints

– Improvement and uniformity in the quality of products/services

– Timely delivery of products/services

– Global competition

– Prevent or reduce unexpected events

– Earning points in tenders, obtaining ranks and grades from government organizations, providing evidence in exports

Other benefits are:

– Advertising use in headers, company site and all advertising matters

– Earn points in selecting sample units

– Reduce waste and waste time

– Creating confidence inside and outside the organization

– Transparency of processes and indicators

– Ensuring that customer needs and expectations are met

– Production of product/service with better quality

– Help with more marketing and sales and create demand

– Increasing the productivity and motivation of human resources

– Correcting errors and preventing their recurrence

– Improving communication within the organization

– Prevention of non-compliant product/service production

– Develop sales methods and provide after-sales service

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