For producers and suppliers of private labels
the "International Food Standard"- short IFS, had been introduced
by a group of German and French retailers. In the meantime almost all
big food chains expect from their suppliers that the key criteria of
IFS are implemented and that IFS certification will be obtained. The
target is to create more transparency, safety and hygiene within the
cycle of food production.
Configuration and structure of the IFS are compatible with ISO 9001:2000
and it is divided into following chapters:
- requirements for the quality management system (QMS)
- responsibility of the management
- resource management
- manufacturing process
- monitoring, analyses, improvement
The implementation of a HACCP system and
the obligation to run an efficient documentation are other key criteria
of the IFS standard. Its main focus is concentrated on food safety,
HACCP and hygiene.
All retailers, which are listed in the Federal Association of German
Traders (BDH) and participate in the board for feed law and quality
assurance, support the IFS standard.
Partly the IFS standard is applied in countries outside Germany, like
France and Switzerland. In other countries negotiations have started
to establish IFS in future throughout Europe.
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