Key food certificates 19-04-2019

Food certificates are very important in today’s economy. Claims, health and food safety regulations are becoming tighter every day. Customs are overloaded with paper work and checks on imported goods. Because there are quite a few food safety certificates to look out for, Solid vegan wants to clarify the most common and important food certificates (and body) out there.The Global Food safety initiative (GFSI) was founded in 2000 and is a private company which was formed to clarify a common understanding regarding food safety standards. It is an independent entity which provides standards to improve legal compliance, food safety, food quality and facilitating trading throughout the food industry. By 2019 it has become an approved certification entity with is accredited globally. 

The control union provides certificates to third parties after audits regarding safety standards, food regulations, production, trading and warehousing regarding their goods. The GFSI provides a number of food certificates which we outlined for you, at the end of this article. Our experienced Solid Vegan members carefully selected the key food certificates and made them bold. 

Solid vegan states that the most important food safety certificate a company can market for is the British retail consortium (BRC) certificate. Next to the FSSC 22000 food products and ISO certificates (which are pretty basic to be able to trade in the food industry) this certificate is focused on the supply chain to any supermarket in the world. For example, a bread contains flour, seeds and other ingredients, every supplier is audited and granted a BRC status in the supply chain. 

There are four BRC statuses which you can apply for; the BRC status, the BRC-A status, the BRC-AA status and the BRC-AAA status. The best status is the BRC-AAA status, which has been granted to about three companies in the world, which are fully operated by robots. The higher the status the better. The BRC certificate is the best meter for a decent supplier we state. 

There are also standard for assurance regarding the organic origin of several foods. The most common is the Safe quality food code (SQF) and states that everyone in the supply chain got their fair share. No farmers who get underpaid, this certificate is becoming more important the last few years, because of the increased interest in environmentally friendly products and services. If you want to know more about certificates or have any questions related to this subject, feel free to contact us any time. 

– brc Global standards for food safety (seventh edition)

– BRC-IOP Global standards for packaging and packaging materials issue 5

– BRC Global standard for storage and distribution 

– CanadaGAP 

– FSSC 22000 food products

– Global aquaculture alliance seafood 

– GlobalG.A.P. Integrated farm assurance scheme version 5

– Global red meat standard (GRMS) fourth edition.

– IFS Food version 6

– IFS Logistics version 2.1

– IFS Pac Secure, version 1

– PrimusGFS standerd, version 2.1


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