December 20, 2014 –St. Louis, MO/Berlin, Germany – IFS PACsecure, a certification Standard for primary and secondary packaging materials, is now officially benchmarked to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
The Standard is available for a free download here.
GFSI announced today via press release (http://www.myforumupload.com/ftpaccess/foodsafety/Press_Release_-_Recognition_of_IFS_PACsecure.pdf), that the Board of Directors have approved the benchmark committee’s recommendation for approval of IFS PACsecure. The Standard, a collaboration between IFS Management and The Packaging Association (PAC), is designed to provide high level safety and quality certification for food packaging material converters.
IFS Managing Director Stephan Tromp says the benchmark provides previously certified companies, and those who are being asked for certification, the ultimate opportunity to implement a Standard known for its integrity, its practical approach to continuous improvement, and now global recognition under the GFSI banner.
“IFS PACsecure is a Standard designed by the packaging industry, for the packaging industry,” remarks Tromp. “It is now globally recognized by GFSI and a key member of the IFS family of safety and quality Standards.”
The GFSI benchmark approval ensures that any global stakeholder – retailer or manufacturer – requiring certification to a GFSI benchmarked standard will accept IFS PACsecure as one of those standards.
Originally developed in North America by The Packaging Association, the IFS PACsecure Standard is the product of more than 100 US and Canadian-based converters of food contact and secondary packaging materials, food processors, packaging industry suppliers and consultants, as well as government authorities. Now the Standard is implemented globally and will provide users the benefits of IFS including: IFS Integrity Program, IFS Database (Audit Portal), IFS auditXpress – a proprietary software for internal audits, and a global network of experts to support implementation.
James Downham, CEO of The Packaging Association and IFS partner says, “Because it is process driven and based on both science and risk in the control of hazards, we firmly believe that IFS PACsecure is the most comprehensive food safety Standard for individual packaging materials anywhere in the world.”
IFS PACsecure Support Material
IFS PACsecure has workbooks available for HACCP implementation designed specifically by the packaging sector. These workbooks outline the 24 common production processes for rigid plastic, flexible plastic, paper, metal, and glass.
Additionally, a guidance document for the prerequisite program (good manufacturing practices) that helps control the condition of the facilities, equipment, personnel, recall and traceability is being updated to provide recommended controls that include acceptable limits, monitoring, deviation, verification procedures and records keeping. All of these tools are available upon request of IFS or PAC.
IFS PACsecure Availability
IFS PACsecure is available for companies to download for free here. Since it was released in October 2012, the Standard has been downloaded more than 1,700 times in all regions of the world and by companies large and small.
Numerous auditor and implementation training courses will be held in 2014 in North/South America, as well as in Europe. However, auditors are currently available for any company interested in IFS PACsecure certification. Those companies should contact IFS, PAC, or their certification body of choice for more information.
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About IFS Management
IFS Management is a global leading food safety and quality supply chain standard owner. With its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and eight other offices around the world, IFS Standards are implemented in more than 14,000 facilities. IFS Standards include IFS Food v6 (processing), IFS Logistics (storage & distribution), IFS Broker (broker/agent/importer/exporter), IFS Cash & Carry/Wholesale (Cash & Carry/Wholesale markets), IFS HPC (household & personal care), and IFS PACsecure (packaging materials). More information about IFS can be found by visiting www.ifs-certification.com.
The Packaging Association has been the voice of the Canadian packaging industry since 1950. In 2010, 60 years later, the association rebranded as PAC – The Packaging Association. In keeping up with the times PAC, without leaving its Canadian roots, has expanded its boundaries to serve all of North America. Providing leadership in the packaging industry, PAC provides its members with programs that include Sustainability, PAC Next – a program designed to eliminate packaging waste, PAC Ed – traditional and online training of varying packaging programs, Networking – adding value to member relations, and IFS PACsecure – the world’s foremost packaging materials standard.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI was launched in 2000 following a number of food safety crises when consumer confidence was at an all-time low. Its collaborative approach to food safety brings together international food safety experts from the entire food supply chain at technical working group and stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events to share knowledge and promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry.