Looking to trade to European retailers?
One of the main quality assurance and food safety standards for white labelled (i.e. own branded) food products recognised by major retailers across the European Union (EU) is the International Featured Standard, known as the IFS. Initially created by German retailers it is now also recognised by French and Italian food businesses. The Global Food Safety Institute (GFSI) approved standard certifies the quality and safety of food products and processes providing transparency across the entire food supply chain from production, brokerage to logistics.
Mettler-Toledo’s resident product inspection expert, Neil Giles, has put together a short video explaining the main IFS requirements, the benefits of certification and how product inspection technology aids compliance.
How Mettler-Toledo facilitates IFS compliance
- The IFS states that quality food safety procedures must be in place to avoid foreign body contamination: Mettler-Toledo’s metal detection systems provide optimum inspection to detect and remove ferrous and non-ferrous metals. If the potential contaminant is glass or other dense materials then Mettler-Toledo’s x-ray inspection systems ensure the safe removal of non-conforming product.
- All businesses involved throughout the food supply chain must be able to demonstrate to the IFS that they have exercised due diligence: Mettler-Toledo’s ProdX inspection management software provides real-time monitoring and data collection with remote access options.
- Quantity checking procedures must be established and they should also consider tear, density and other properties: Mettler-Toledo’s checkweighing solutions check product weights, at high production speeds, rejecting substandard goods.
The benefits of Product Inspection Equipment:
- Demonstrate quality and food safety compliance to the highest standard
- Ability to trade with European retailers
- Improve transparency of food safety throughout the supply chain
- Confidence that your business has quality food safety procedures and processes in place to safeguard against substandard products leaving the production line
- Reduced product recalls
- Resources can focus on non-core activities
Understanding other food safety standards:
Food safety regulations are abundant; ultimately, they meant to protect customers and consumers against non-conforming products. Unfortunately they seem complex to understand and implement. How do all the different organisations and certifications fit together? Which accreditation’s apply to your business? What do they all mean and what technologies are available to aid compliance?
Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection has recorded a number of short videos to explain what the different food safety regulations mean and how to comply. Click on the links below to find out more:
- Industry driven initiative initially existing as a benchmarking organisation to food quality standards: The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
- Trading in the US: The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- Trading in the UK: The British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety
- Global food safety and quality scheme: Safe Quality Foods Program (SQF)
- Global framework for effectively managing food safety responsibilities: FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification