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GFSI Core Programs: Meeting Certification & Compliance Requirements

February 26, 2013 - Kestrel Food Safety

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification is a growing requirement within key food product supply chains—one that is driven by customer/market demands. Companies seeking certification must establish strategies to meet the new industry standards and compliance requirements.

Core Programs & Requirements

GFSI includes several core programs and associated requirements for certification in IFS, SQF, BRC, and FSSC 22000 Food Safety Schemes.

Core Program


GFSI Plan Development

Food safety management system and strategic plan

Management Review

Food safety management system and HACCP program verification

Preliminary GFSI Assessment

GFSI project plan development “gap” analysis for certification(s)

Corrective/Preventative Action

Initial and sustained improvement process to close CAPAs

Internal and Supplier Audit Program

Internal and supplier audit process development and implementation

Plant and Equipment Redesign

Hygienic design, planning, verification, and project management

GFSI Certification

Standard, certifying body selection, and certification management

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

GFSI-certified and FSMA-compliant food safety management systems

A Leader in Food Safety

Kestrel Management Services is a leading provider of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) (FSSC 22000, IFS, SQF, BRC) support and food safety compliance services. Our industry experts provide an in-depth understanding of the GFSI and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), offer guidance in evaluating food safety certification requirements, and help you fulfill the requirements of the benchmarked standards.

For more information on GFSI requirements and how Kestrel helps you meet them, please email us at

Submitted by: Bill Bremer

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