Mettler Toledo has published a new white paper titled ‘Food Safety & Quality and the Trend Towards Certification’ to provide guidance on relevant guidelines for businesses.
Food safety is increasingly top-of-mind for consumers, retailers and food manufacturers alike, with pressure mounting on suppliers to demonstrate the quality of their operations through certification.
Businesses in the food industry need to navigate through and understand complex global certification standards. The white paper provides an overview of the regulatory and consumer pressures behind increasing food safety certification, and explores the different standards currently available to food retailers and manufacturers.
When looking at certification, the white paper takes as its starting point the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarks, and then focuses on the four accepted standards most widely in use, which include the BRC Global Standard, FSSC 22000, International Featured Standard (IFS), and SQF 2000.
Mettler Toledo’s white paper provides guidance for producers to find the standard that best fits their market, needs and customer preferences by detailing the requirements, reporting, procedures and audits for each certification.
The trend towards more stringent food safety and quality regulation will continue as consumer awareness increases, and certification will be increasingly important as producers seek to distinguish their products in competitive global markets.
Mettler-Toledo’s white paper points to the launch of the new Chinese food safety law, and the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as examples of recent legislation affecting certification processes and suggests that more manufacturers and suppliers will seek certification to stay ahead of the regulatory curve.