Meaning of IFS

The affiliated members of  the German retail federation - Hauptverband des Deutschen Einzelhandels (HDE) - and its French counterpart - Fédération des Entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution (FCD) – have produced a standard for food safety and the quality of private label products. This standard is called the International Food Standard (IFS), the aim of which is to evaluate the systems for food safety and quality on the basis of a uniform approach. This standard is applicable to all processing phases of food production.

IFS in comparison with BRC

The standard is largely similar to the BRC standard. The IFS standard goes a little further than the BRC standard on a number of points. The structure of the IFS system is: quality management system, management responsibility, management of resources, realization of the product and finally measurement, analysis and improvement.

Goal of IFS

Verstegen Spices & Sauces qualifies for the most recent version of the IFS, version 6.1. This version involves the collaboration of three retail federations, from Germany, France and Italy. The basic goals of the IFS are:

  • to set up a general quality standard with a uniform evaluation system
  • to work with accredited certification agencies and qualified auditors
  • to ensure comparability and transparency throughout the chain
  • to reduce costs and time for both suppliers and retailers