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IFS Food Standard

In 2002, the German Retail Federation (HDE) and the French Fédération des Entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution (FCD) introduced an international food safety and quality standard, the International Food Standard.

The IFS Food Standard reviews the products and production processes to evaluate a food producer’s ability to produce safe, authentic, and quality products according to legal requirements and customer specifications. It supports businesses in meeting the growing transparency and traceability demands in the market and contributes to improving product integrity and increasing efficiency. IFS qualified auditors working for independent accredited certification bodies carry out the audits.


Benefits of IFS Food certification

IFS Certification offers several key benefits for food companies striving for excellence in quality, product, safety, and customer satisfaction and those seeking a competitive advantage in their marketplace.


The scoring and audit report indicate how a business can progress and reach the next level in food safety and quality assurance.



With the professional expertise of retailers, manufacturers, certification bodies and other experts worldwide, IFS develops globally recognized product quality and safety standards and development programs. To complement this, IFS offers supportive tools and guidance documents to help quality managers work more efficiently. The common goal of IFS is to strive for the best product safety and quality management system so that consumers can trust the products they buy.
Source: IFS Certification