What is GFSI?

Getting Started with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

What is GFSI?

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a business-driven initiative for the development of food safety management systems to ensure food facilities are processing safe food for consumers. GFSI provides a platform for collaboration between some of the world’s leading food safety experts from both the private and public sectors.

GFSI has created a benchmarking process in which a procedure of a food safety-related scheme is compared to the GFSI Guidance Document. The Guidance Document was drafted with input from food safety experts all over the world, and helps define the process in which food safety schemes can gain recognition by GFSI.

A food safety scheme is recognized by GFSI when it meets the minimum food safety requirements built out in the GFSI Guidance Documents. There are many food safety management schemes that meet the criteria of the GFSI Guidance Document and are therefore recognized by GFSI. The food safety management schemes Safe Food Alliance provides services for are: