Benchmark to IFS standard
In order to create common food safety standard, German food retailers from the HDE (Hauptverband des Deutschen Einzelhandels) developed a common audit standard in 2002 called International Food Standard or IFS. The aim of IFS is to create a consistent evaluation system for all companies supplying retailer branded food products with uniform formulations, uniform audit procedures and mutual acceptance of audits, so as to create a high level of transparency throughout the supply chain.
Benefits of IFS:
- Customers, employees, stockholders, regulators and competitors develop sustainable respect for an organization which demonstrates its proactive commitment to food safety
- Operating costs drop as rework is reduced, efficiencies increase and penalties due to non-compliance reduce.