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Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:37 AM

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) represents over 70% of food retail revenue world-wide. GFSI maintain a scheme to benchmark food safety standards (for private label products) as well as farm assurance standards, by facilitating mutual recognition between standard owners and by ensuring world-wide integrity in the quality and the accreditation of food safety auditors.

GFSI Frequently Asked Questions April 2005

How do the retailers feel about ISO 22000? If ISO 22000 is ISO Guide 62, all other standards are ISO Guide 65, how are we going to harmonise ? GFSI to make clear statement on acceptance or not of ISO 22000.

Retailers will continue to define their own policies concerning ISO 22000 and other existing standards. As defined in the GFSI Guidance Document, the majority of retailers support the ISO Guide 65 approach. ISO 22000 has still not been finalised and has not been submitted to GFSI for benchmarking. All current benchmarked standards are managed and owned by legal entities. The legal entity for ISO 22000 is ISO itself. Unless this application for benchmarking is made by ISO 22000, GFSI cannot make any official statement concerning this standard.

Why is GFSI only an observer in the ISO 22000 process? Why not participate fully in order to influence the standard?

The role of GFSI is to facilitate discussion amongst food retailers. GFSI was given observer status in the ISO 22000 process in order to be able to communicate back to the retailer working group within GFSI on the outcomes of these meetings, as has CIAA, the European manufacturer's association. GFSI is not a national standards body and as such does not have the same rights as other participants involved.

For information the difference between ISO Guide 62 and ISO Guide 65:

ISO/IEC Guide 62: General requirements for bodies operating assessment and certification/registration of quality systems: International Organization for Standardization, Geneva.

ISO/IEC Guide 65: General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems: International Organization for Standardization, Geneva.


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Posted 10 May 2005 - 10:03 AM

GFSI is not a national standards body and as such does not have the same rights as other participants involved.

According to forecasts, Simon. BTW thanks for the useful link. :clap:

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