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United Fresh Produice Association and IFS have developed a new approach for certification of fresh produce packing houses, repackers and warehouse/distributors based on the post-harvest Operations Harmonized Standard. 




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The IFS Global Markets – Food is a standardized food safety assessment program for retailers as well as industry branded food products, based on the GFSI Global Markets Checklists. The program should support “small and /or less developed businesses” in the development of their food safety management systems and making the first step in implementation of IFS Food. 


IFS Food is a standard for the auditing of companies that process food or companies that pack loose food products. IFS Food is only applied where the product is "processed or handled", or if there is a danger of product contamination during the primary packaging.
IFS Food is applied to:
  • processing and working and/or
  • handling of loose products and/or
  • activities undertaken during the primary packaging.

ifscashandcarry IFS Cash & Carry / Wholesale is the standard which covers all handling activities of loose naked products in Cash & Carry-markets or wholesale companies. It includes also a production process in a small amount of products like minzed meat. The requirements of this standard are the same like IFS Food but in addition a guideline has been developed which describes how to handle specific requirements in Cash & Carry-markets or wholesale companies. Also, multi-site-certification is possible.



IFS Logistics is applicable to both food and non-food products and covers all logistics activities, such as loading, unloading and transportation. The standard can be applied to all sorts of transportation; heavy goods vehicles, trains, ships, aeroplanes and every other type of transport (temperature controlled or at room temperature).


IFS Brokers must be applied to all companies primarily involved in "trading activities“ and who themselves choose their suppliers, purchase or trade in the goods from them themselves and then have deliveries made directly to their own customers, charging these customer for such goods directly, without themselves ever having come into contract with the product.


IFS HPC is the standard to ensure product safety, to reduce costs and to ensure transparency concerning the entire production chain of household and personal care products.


IFS PACsecure is a safety standard for packaging materials based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system – a system recognized by the United Nations and most of the food industry world wide.



IFS Food Packaging Guideline
Guideline to implement the IFS requirements for "product packaging".
It is an interpretation of the existing requirements of IFS Food, Version 6
concerning product packaging and does not contain additional requirements.

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The RAS Standard emerges from the desire of leading retailers in the French food industry, who are members of the FCD (Fédération des entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution - French Federation of Trade and Retail), to obtain a factual measurement of how well their stores control the food safety of the food products sold.


IFS Food

a factory that works or processes food

IFS Cash & Carry/ Wholesale

a company trade own naked goods



a company that works or process non-food products like cosmetics, household products or daily use goods


IFS Logistics

a service company that handles packed goods logistically on behalf of a third party


IFS Brokers

a company that purchase goods themselves, but do not themselves come into contact with the goods and have these goods delivered directly to their customers


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