Creating Harmonized Food Safety Processes Through Integration

| June 5, 2018

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The Food and Beverage industry is increasingly adapting to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as its “stamp” of high quality and safety. In fact, many leading organizations today will only work with GFSI compliant suppliers. The GFSI-benchmarked food safety schemes SQF, BRC and IFS for example coupled with regulatory oversight are driving organizations to seek methods of enhancing visibility into their quality and safety operations. An automated Food Safety Management System (FSMS) is one of these methods.

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