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GFSI

Global Food Safety Initiative

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems that ensures the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. Certification under a GFSI-recognized food safety management program is a growing requirement within key food product supply chains—one that is driven by customer/market demands.

The benefits of certification are many, including:

  • Enterprise risk management
  • Greater competitive advantage
  • Expansion into new markets
  • Increased value-added service capability
  • Higher level value proposition

Establishing Strategies & Objectives

Kestrel helps companies seeking certification to a GFSI-certified standard establish strategies and objectives to meet industry compliance requirements. We provide assistance with the following key areas and decision points:

Compliance Levels and Options

  • Standard and level strategy
  • Customer/supply chain concerns
  • Certifying body determination (based on business type, customer base, market strategy, operational processes and systems, regulatory requirements and compliance, technology and infrastructure, supply chain)

Implementation Schedule

  • Program development/project plan
  • Gap analysis planning
  • Corrective action/preventative action (CA/PA)
  • Test audits and corrections
  • Certification

Planning

  • Readiness review
  • Prerequisites/HACCP
  • Quality system/food quality
  • Food safety plan
  • Supplier qualification
  • Process/product verification/validation

Certification

  • Test audits
  • Certification process

Learn more about the GFSI 20 Success Factors.