What is the Global Food Safety Initiative? Why is it important?
GFSI, or Global Food Safety Initiative, is an initiative that brings together key actors of the food industry to collaboratively drive continuous improvement in food management safety systems around the world. Together, these actors work on a multitude of projects to drive global change in food safety. GFSI is not a regulatory body. They do not set required standards or undertake any accreditation or certification programs. However, GFSI does recognize certain food standards such as BRC (British Retail Consortium) and SQFI (Safe Quality Food Institute). It also sets bench marking requirements for these food standards in order to officially recognize them.
When it comes to FIBCs, there are 4 GFSI recognized food standard organizations that impact the industry; BRC (British Retail Consortium), SQF (Safe Quality food Institute), AIB (American Institute of Bakers), and IFS (International Featured Standards). Find out more about them below.