PARIS, 10 December 2018 – It is with pleasure that the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Board of Directors announces that the Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS) Version 6 has achieved recognition against Version 7.2 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements.
First published in 2006, GRMS is tailored to the specific needs of the red meat industry and seeks to deliver transparency within animal welfare, quality, food safety and hygiene in meat factories. The Standard sets out the requirements for processes related to meat production and products from pork, beef, lamb/sheep, goat and horse.
Prior to this recognition, GRMS was already one of the GFSI-recognised certification programmes and applied for benchmarking of the new version of the GRMS standard against the latest version of the Benchmarking Requirements (Version 7.2). GFSI seeks to constantly evolve its benchmarking requirements in line with new challenges in the food industry, best practices, and stakeholder input to ensure safe food for consumers, everywhere.
For GFSI, the opportunity to continue working with Certificate Programme Owners (CPOs) towards the harmonisation of programmes around the world is highly valued. The GRMS re-benchmarking application was therefore received with much delight. By completing the collaborative re-benchmarking process, GRMS reasserted their commitment to global food safety
Commenting on the good news, Nicolaj Christoffersen, chairman of GRMS, said “we are happy to have renewed the GFSI benchmark for GRMS. GFSI benchmarking is of great value to users of the GRMS within the meat industry. The GFSI benchmarking procedure ensures the quality of the benchmarked certification programmes, and it has been a great pleasure for GRMS to take part in this development, enhancing food safety standards within the food industry”.
GFSI congratulates GRMS on their recognition and for doing their part in driving best food safety management practices throughout the global supply chain.
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About the Global Food Safety Initiative:
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) brings together key actors of the food industry to collaboratively drive continuous improvement in food safety management systems around the world. With a vision of Safe food for consumers everywhere, food industry leaders created GFSI in 2000 to find collaborative solutions to collective concerns, notably to reduce food safety risks, audit duplication and costs while building trust throughout the supply chain. The GFSI community works on a volunteer basis and is composed of the world's leading food safety experts from retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as international organisations, governments, academia and service providers to the global food industry. GFSI is powered by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global industry network working to support Better Lives Through Better Business.