GFSI Audit Schemes: Guide to Food Safety Certification

(Webinar length:  1 hr  33min)


Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification has become a common market requirement for the food industry as a tool for assuring food safety, customer and regulatory compliance. Implementation of one of the GFSI audit schemes is now a common customer requirement for many agricultural producers, produce packers, storage and distribution facilities, packaging material production, food manufacturers, and dairy processors.

Getting started on the path to factory certification to one of these audit schemes can be a daunting task. Many questions create a challenge: What GFSI audit scheme should be chosen for our facility? What is BRC, SQF, FSSC, or PrimusGFS? Where can I locate a copy of the audit scheme? How do I learn what the audit scheme requirements really mean? How do I prepare the facility for certification? Which certification body should be chosen to conduct the plant audit? How much time and money will it take to prepare the facility and to conduct the audit?
During this webinar, we will introduce the Global Food Safety Initiative, and present the most frequently used audit schemes by the food industry. We will review in detail the process for achieving certification by laying out a clear roadmap of key tasks.

Learning Objectives:

On completion of the webinar, participants will have skills to:
Read and interpret of SQF, BRC, FSSC, and PrimusGFS audit schemes
Choose proper GFSI audit scheme to meet needs of their operations.
Establish a plan to achieve certification of their facility

Webinar Agenda:

  • GFSI Audit Schemes: What are the requirements for food plants?
  • Selecting the proper scheme for your plant
  • The BRC Audit Scheme: BRC Issue 7
  • The SQF Audit Scheme: SQF Code Ed. 7.2
  • The FSSC 22000 Audit Scheme: ver 3
  • PrimusGFS Audit Scheme: PGFS v 2.1
  • Interpreting Specific Scheme Requirements
  • Choosing a certification body for the audit
  • Watch outs
  • Creating a plan for implementation

Who Will Benefit:

  • Personnel new to food safety management in food processing
  • Persons assigned to achieve GFSI certification of their operation through SQF, BRC, IFS, FSSC 22000, Primus GFS, and other audit schemes
  • Food Safety & HACCP Managers
  • Quality Control Supervisors and Managers
  • Corporate Quality Assurance and food safety
  • Plant managers

Presenter– Jeff Kronenberg

Jeff Kronenberg, M.S., is Extension Food Processing Specialist with the University of Idaho, School of Food Science. Over the past 31 years he has held positions in operations and corporate quality, productivity, food safety, HACCP, and health & safety with Frito-Lay, the J.R. Simplot Company, PowerBar, AIB International, and University of Idaho. Jeff has worked with numerous company and supplier processing operations in developing, training, and implementing quality, food safety and HACCP systems. Jeff has worked with, and audited, food manufacturing and distribution companies across the United States in the areas of product quality, food safety, and HACCP.
Jeff holds a Master’s Degree in Food Science and Microbiology from Cornell University. He holds HACCP certifications through the Association of Food and Drug Officials (Seafood HACCP Trainer), the American Society for Quality (HACCP Auditor), International HACCP Alliance, and Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF Consultant)

Presenter–Ron Vail

Ron Vail has over 35 years in the food industry having held positions in Quality, Manufacturing, and Procurement. Ron graduated from Colorado State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and began his food career with AIB as a Field Inspector. He’s held positions with various international food companies as Quality Assurance Manager, Plant Sanitarian, Manager of Food Safety Systems, and Vice President of Supply Chain. His most recent experience has been the Director, GFSI Education, Senior Director, AIBI Certification Services, a BRC and SQF auditor.

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