The Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has opened a new stakeholder consultation for IFS Food Standard, Version 8. Stakeholder consultations are an important step of the GFSI Benchmarking process.

The IFS Food Standard covers products and production processes to evaluate a food producer’s ability to produce safe, authentic, and quality goods according to legal requirements and customer specifications. The standard is intended to support businesses in meeting the growing transparency and traceability demands in the market, and contributes to improving product integrity and increasing efficiency.

IFS Food Standard, Version 8 audits were possible beginning October 1, 2023, and have been mandatory since January 1, 2024.

The consultation is open until May 23, 2024.