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    By Simon

    Submitted Jun 11 2013 07:19 AM

The development of the IFS is based on the ever-rising demands of consumers, the increasing liabilities of retailers and wholesalers, the increasing legal requirements and the globalisation of product supplies. All of these points made it essential to develop a uniform quality assurance and food safety standard. The members of the German retail federation – Hauptverband des Deutschen Einzelhandels (HDE), – of its French counterpart – Fédération des entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution (FCD) and of its Italian counterparts COOP, CONAD, Federdistribuzione – have drawn up a quality and food safety standard for retailer (and wholesaler) branded food products, which is intended to enable the assessment of suppliers’ food safety and quality systems, in accordance with a uniform approach. This IFS Food applies to all the post-farm gate stages of food processing. Retailers from Austria, Poland, Spain and Switzerland also support IFS as their food safety standard.

Since its establishment in 2003, IFS has been developed into an internationally accepted standard. More than 11,000 IFS Food audits and 800 IFS Logistics audits were conducted in over 96 countries in 2010, and this dynamic growth is continuing. The number of IFS audits increased by 9% in the first eight months of 2011, compared with the same period of the previous year.
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