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. A list of requirements was drawn up in order to create a unique, impartial, objective and recognised "tool", as well as an interpretation guideline allowing Inspection Bodies and qualified inspectors to perform these evaluations (inspections) correctly.
With the goal of internationalising the RAS Standard, it has been revised and "taken over" by the IFS brand, resulting in the IFS Food Store Standard. On the basis of this experience, the IFS Food Store Standard is a new standard belonging to the IFS brand (International Featured Standards).
The goal of the IFS Food Store Standard is to measure the evaluation of food safety of food products at various stores, in reference to the Best Hygiene Practices of the profession, to the requirements of the current regulations in each country and to the health control plans of the retailers. The results of IFS Food Store inspections also enable the various stores and retailers to implement suitable plans for action and improvement, aimed increasing the level of food safety for consumers.
The fundamental objectives of the IFS Food Store Standard, as well as the other IFS Standards, are:
- to establish a common standard with a uniform evaluation system,
- to work with accredited Inspection Bodies and qualified inspectors,
- to ensure comparability and transparency among the stores of retailers.
The IFS Food Store Standard applies for the following retail activities:
- Management and support services
- Deli meat, rotisserie, prepared meals without production
- Cheese / dairy
- Catering workshop
- Rotisserie, hot food, pizza
- Snacks – sandwiches
- Fresh fish
- Bakery / pastry
- Terminals for cooking (bakery / pastry) and selling pastry
- Cakes / pastry
- Fruit & vegetables
- Self-service industrial products
- Food consumer products
- Home delivery
The IFS Food Store Standard can offer a number of key benefits to retailers striving for excellence in quality and food satefy and customer satisfaction.