Global Adoption of GFSI Food Safety Certification


The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification is becoming indispensable for companies in the food industry, ensuring adherence to international food safety standards. This certification harmonizes food safety protocols, reduces redundant audits, and provides global proof of compliance. d corporations like Walmart, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s are leading the charge, making GFSI certification a prerequisite for their suppliers. With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011, the momentum for GFSI certification has only increased, aligning closely with FDA regulations.


The Role of GFSI in Food Safety

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) endorses various food safety schemes, enabling certified companies to market their products globally. GFSI has streamlined food safety standards, minimizing redundant audits in supply chains and offering global proof of compliance while allowing flexibility for companies in the food industry.

Major GFSI-Approved Standards

Several food safety standards have been successfully benchmarked by GFSI, including:

  • British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF)
  • International Food Standard (IFS)
  • FSC 22000
  • PrimusGFS
  • GlobalGAP
  • CanadaGAP

Each standard caters to different segments of the food industry, from crop farms to food processors, packagers, and distributors. This flexibility has accelerated the adoption of GFSI-approved standards across the food industry.

Global Adoption of GFSI Certification

Thousands of companies across North and South