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Wednesday, February 26 2020 - 10:42
The Global Food Safety Initiative Raises the Bar for Food Safety, Releases All-new GFSI Benchmarking Requirements
SEATTLE, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Version 2020 marks the beginning of a new generation of benchmarking, 
recognition and transparency

During the opening plenary of its annual conference 
(, a gathering of more than 1,000 
food distributors, manufacturers and safety professionals, the Global Food 
Safety Initiative (GFSI) announced the newest edition of its Benchmarking 

GFSI has long set the "global standard" for those in the industry, yet the 
newest edition of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements is more than an update — 
it's a complete rethink, representing the beginning of a new generation of 
recognition. To highlight the significance of the changes made in this latest 
version, GFSI has broken with its traditional naming nomenclature and will 
align the name of each updated set of standards with year of release. Rather 
than 'Version 8', the new version of the Benchmarking Requirements will be 
known as 'Version 2020'. 

The GFSI Benchmarking Requirements are the world's most widely accepted 
benchmark for food safety certification programmes. Aligned with Codex 
Alimentarius (, these 
science-based requirements enable a common understanding and mutual trust in 
the supply chain that facilitates trade, improves efficiency and lends 
nameplate authority to operations certified to a GFSI-recognised programme. 
They incorporate stakeholder input from public consultations and are regularly 
revised to reflect best practices and evolving needs in the industry.

"Version 2020 has set a new foundation for ensuring safe food globally," said 
Olivier Robin, Head of Quality by Design and Quality in Manufacturing & 
Compliance at Nestle and Chair of the Stakeholders Advisory Forum that helped 
to shape Version 2020. "Specifically, it has introduced new requirements for 
food safety certification, while simplifying and standardising the approach. I 
am very proud to have been part of this achievement, which was only possible 
thanks to the engagement of everyone in the Stakeholders Advisory Forum and my 
colleagues at GFSI."

Version 2020 will help achieve two primary objectives, transparency and 
objectivity, in service of GFSI's mission of ensuring safe food for consumers 
everywhere. New and strengthened elements in Version 2020 include two new 
scopes focused on hygienic design, elements of food safety culture and 
reinforced impartiality of the auditing process and the monitoring of 
certification bodies. 

"Version 2020 is a significant achievement we are all proud of," said 
Marie-Claude Quentin, GFSI Senior Technical Manager and the project manager of 
the new Benchmarking Requirements. "The work required to deliver our vision was 
significant and the timing very tight. Today, we have GFSI Benchmarking 
Requirements that will raise the bar for certification programmes and food 
safety, and will be a core element of GFSI's race to the top."

The global food system and the journey that food takes from farm to fork grows 
more complex each year, making harmonisation across markets and nations ever 
more critical. Comprehensive adherence to certification programmes benchmarked 
against Version 2020 anchors distributors and manufacturers to a set of 
standards meaning better assurances and outcomes for consumers. GFSI works on a 
volunteer basis and is composed of the world's leading food safety experts from 
retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as international 
organisations, governments, academia and service providers to the global food 

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SOURCE:  Global Food Safety Initiative