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IFS Food version 7 – The strength of the IFS Network is the strength of the standard

IFS Food version 7 – The strength of the IFS Network is the strength of the standard
Interview with Chryssa Dimitriadis, Head of IFS Standard Management   ​IFS has just released version 7 of its food standard. In this interview for the IFS Blog, Chryssa Dimitriadis shares her views on the strengths of the IFS Food Standard version 7 and her personal experiences in developing it. Congratulations to the publication of the IFS Fo...
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IFS China Focus Day in Shanghai 2020

IFS China Focus Day in Shanghai 2020
Innovative  technology enables food safety On Aug 13, 2020, IFS International  Featured Standards (hereinafter referred to as IFS) held the 6th IFS China Focus Day in Shanghai. More than 200 experts and professors, management representatives of food enterprises gathered at this conference. Focus on the theme of "Innovative techn...
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The Importance and Value of Internal Audits

The Importance and Value of Internal Audits
All companies certified under IFS Standards are required to conduct effective internal audits. To some, the internal audit may seem time-consuming and redundant. When done correctly, however, they are a powerful tool to measure the effectiveness of the quality and safety systems as well as a mechanism for engaging workers. The internal audit covers...
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Introducing our latest digital tool, the IFS WordCloud

- by Stephan Tromp - Risk Monitoring – from faxes to digital solutions At the end of the nineties, I was General Manager of the Federal Association of German Fish Wholesalers and the Association for Food Wholesale and Retail in the German federal states Berlin and Brandenburg. At that time, we received EU food safety alerts by fax. Today, this feel...
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First IFS Global Markets Food assessment in Poland

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IFS Global Markets Food is an assessment that supports small and/or developing companies in establishing a resilient Product Safety management system. By following the "global markets" path, small companies can also make the first steps towards the implementation of the requirements of the IFS Food Standard. Batus Polska Sp. zo. o. decided to ...
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PACKAGING MATERIALS AN IMPORTANT LINK IN THE FOOD SAFETY SUPPLY CHAIN

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written by CHERYL SULLIVAN While food processors and retailers understand the necessity to practice food safety in their operations, few have demanded that their packaging suppliers exercise the same due diligence. Today, with more and more emphasis on product safety, transparency, and traceability throughout the entire supply chain, companies...
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The added value of unannounced audits

The added value of unannounced audits
Food retailers and suppliers increasingly ask their suppliers for unannounced audits. The GFSI has included this option in their benchmarking requirements, so that every GFSI recognized standard has to offer this option. IFS introduced the unannounced audits in version 6.0 of the IFS Food Standard in 2016. We know now, that this option has some rea...
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Most Seen Deviations in Packaging Audits

The requirements of IFS PACsecure are designed to examine the processes of all types of packaging manufacturing. Looking at the bigger picture of the audits performed, whether in plastic, paper, metal, or glass manufacturing, certain patterns become apparent. Some requirements are frequently rated with deviations.  For example, the requirement...
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AuditOne Introduces two New Packaging Standards

AuditOne Introduces two New Packaging Standards
IFS PACsecure + AuditOne Supplemental Modules for Packaging and OTC/Rx Denver, CO – June 4, 2019 – AuditOne, delivering industry compliance transformation via a streamlined audit process that benefits the entire supply chain, is pleased to announce the launch of the IFS PACsecure-ASMs. IFS PACsecure is an international packaging standard jointly ow...
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The Value of Food Safety Standardization in a Company Environment

by Ed Hughes, International Paper  This article submitted by Ed Hughes, Testing Labs and Product Safety and Compliance Manager, of International Paper. International Paper implements IFS PACsecure as their GFSI standard of choice.​Making the leap in the packaging industry from standard GMP audits to a GFSI recognized certification can be a res...
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IFS Focus Day – Vancouver, B.C. Canada – April 24, 2019

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IFS hosted an informative program for attendees from the food and packaging industries. Pius Gasser, IFS North American Technical Representative kicked off the day with why IFS is a good choice for companies seeking certification. He presented a brief overview of IFS Global Market programs and the IFS Food, Logistics, Broker, and household and pers...
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IFS FOCUS DAY FOR LOGISTICS AND PACKAGING IN THE USA

IFS FOCUS DAY FOR LOGISTICS AND PACKAGING IN THE USA
The first IFS Focus Day of the New Year took place on January 11th in Chicago, USA where food safety professionals joined us at the headquarters of US Foods. IFS Managing Director, Stephan Tromp, and the IFS representative for North America, Pius Gasser, informed participants about the latest news and developments of our IFS Logistics and PACs...
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100 % IFS PACsecure: Color Ad and Color Ad’s IFS PACsecure Journey

100 % IFS PACsecure: Color Ad and Color Ad’s IFS PACsecure Journey
We marketed ourselves as IFS PACsecure-certified. We realized that consistently maintaining this standard was extremely important. by Tony Christian, Compliance and Quality Manager, Color Ad Packaging IFS PACsecure and GFSI were foreign to us in 2014 when we started looking into advanced Food Safety programs and Quality programs to help u...
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IFS PACsecure Testimonial - Boxmaster

IFS PACsecure Testimonial - Boxmaster
The integration of the IFS PACsecure Standard and practices has contributed to BOXmaster providing something unique in our market by Greg Reid, General Manager BOXmaster In the packaging industry, BOXmaster seeks to stay on top of what is an evolving landscape. As a company built on service and quality, our goal was to take these standards to the n...
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Lessons learned so far from implementing a food blockchain project - by Leontien Hasselman-Plugge, CEO at SIM – Supply Chain Information Management

Lessons learned so far from implementing a food blockchain project - by Leontien Hasselman-Plugge, CEO at SIM – Supply Chain Information Management
"Blockchain is a revolutionary technology; it will change everything." by Leontien Hasselman-Plugge, CEO It seems nowadays that implementing a blockchain is the next best thing since sliced bread and will solve all issues in the food industry. The economist named blockchain the "trust machine" and blockchain pilots in the food industry pop up ...
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IFS HPC – the IFS non-food Standard for household and personal care products

IFS HPC – the IFS non-food Standard for household and personal care products
Since 2003 the IFS is well known for the IFS Food Standard. Since then the umbrella brand of IFS has increased with more than 6 Standards and 3 Programs which cover a huge part of the retail supply chain. One of these IFS Standards is the IFS HPC, the Standard developed to assure the quality and product safety of household and personal care product...
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Testimonial: Assessment and Selection of GFSI Packaging Standard

Testimonial: Assessment and Selection of GFSI Packaging Standard
The daunting challenge for many of our colleagues in the food supply chain is selecting the right GFSI Standard. A few quotes……. ​​​​"The bloody supermarket said I had to have BRC";"Our customer told us to be 3rd party certified to SQF"; "Our consultant recommended IFS PACSecure for it has templates for glass, metal, corrugate and plastic""Our...
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Introducing IFS Global Markets - HPC

Introducing IFS Global Markets - HPC
If you work for a small or medium sized company producing household and personal care products and you're interested in establishing a reliable quality management system, then you should learn more about our IFS Global Markets - HPC Program. You may also be interested in attending our webinar on this subject. Many people know IFS as a food standard...
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Testimonial: Benefit from an IFS PACsecure certification

Testimonial: Benefit from an IFS PACsecure certification
Associated Labels and Packaging is proud to announce our successful acquirement of the International Featured Standards (IFS) PACsecure Certification. In other words, our company has become "food safe" in the most vigorous global standard one can achieve. What does this mean? ​ In a nutshell, our facility produces labels and packaging which ensure ...
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IFS Development

IFS Development
Most people with no educational background in food or quality management might not know the IFS and IFS Standards. Therefore we would like to use this chance to explain why the IFS was developed and why uniform standards are so important for all parties along the supply chain. IFS is the short form for: International Featured Standards owned by the...
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IFS@GFSI

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Tokyo 2018: GFSI Conference in Japan - the country of technological advance Taking this image as the theme, the IFS Team decided to focus on the different digital IFS Tools this year. Together with Nevin Rühle, Bruno Séchet, and Stephan Tromp, I had the pleasure to participate in one of the most important conferences for the food industry: The annu...
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No more clipboards – IFS App simplifies your internal audit

No more clipboards – IFS App simplifies your internal audit
It is the year 2018 and the digital age is widespread in all areas of life. Meanwhile, quality managers still perform their internal audits with pen, clipboard and camera? Not with IFS. IFS wants to contribute to an easy daily procedure – and forward digitalization. That's why the app "IFS Audit Manager" was developed. The app IFS Audit Manager pus...
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  • 6 October 2020
    L'IFS Food V7 maintenant publié

    L’IFS - International Featured Standards a le plaisir d'annoncer la publication de la nouvelle version 7 de l'IFS Food. L'IFS Food est un...

  • 17 September 2020
    L’option IFS Broker Remote est disponible

    A partir de septembre 2020, les audits IFS Broker peuvent être réalisés à distance. Cette option est volontaire et doit être convenue entre l'entreprise auditée...

  • 31 August 2020
    IFS Focus Day China 2020

    On Aug 13, 2020, the 6th IFS Focus Day China was held in Shanghai. More than 200 experts, professors, and management representatives of food enterprises...

  • 26 August 2020
    Updated IFS Doctrines available

    Stay current on the IFS Food, Logistics, Broker, and PACsecure Standards with the updated IFS Doctrines. The doctrines address our stakeholders'...

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