But with numerous regulatory bodies across the globe, each catering to local laws and regulations, it can be difficult to track what standards are acceptable on a global scale.
Thankfully, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a voluntary organization created by food manufacturers from across the globe, is working towards harmonizing global standards to let buyers know that your food is ready for the table.
Here’s a breakdown of what GFSI does, and some tips on how to keep your plant’s equipment compliant.
How does the GFSI work?
The GFSI delivers standards that buyers can count on without having to go through multiple auditing processes for each of the product industries that they are looking to sell.
Each industry has its own Scope of Recognition (scopes) set out by GFSI, from pre-process handling of plant products, to production of food packaging. They can be found here.
The standards are not regulated by any government bodies, and therefore can be used consistently across the globe.
You can’t get certified or accredited by GFSI. Instead, they have a list of 13 GFSI-recognized schemes that have their own set of certifications.
Schemes are their own regulatory bodies with standards that have met the minimum food safety requirements set out by GFSI.
Different schemes cover different scopes, but each scheme can cover more than one scope at a time. There are also some schemes that may only cover a single, specific scope.
You can find the schemes, along with which scope they go along with, here.
GFSI schemes must use third-party auditors to ensure that food manufacturers are consistently meeting the standards they set out.
Keep your products safe
Using GFSI-recognized schemes can often be the first step in preventing contamination in your products. Many GFSI schemes will provide the tools to help smaller businesses reach manageable goals in getting their plant certified.
Sanitary applications for equipment
When ensuring that your equipment is keeping your product safe for various GFSI processing scopes, it comes down to design, materials of construction, and maintenance. Depending on your scope, the materials or coatings of your equipment will change.
At ACS, we build safety features into our valves to ensure that you’re meeting standards, no matter which scheme you decide to follow. Some of our valves include sanitary applications such as coatings, and easy-clean features that help prevent material build-up and reduce downtime.
For more information on keeping your food safe, read our blog here.
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