GFSI Consulting

Brand Protection—First and Foremost

Food safety is serious business. As the global supply chain expands, so does the risk of foodborne illness. There is more public scrutiny on food protection than ever before. And with social media, one slipup can erode a brand in no time at all.

Our primary focus is to protect your brand. We’ll ensure your food safety and quality systems will meet and exceed all regulatory requirements, are easy to maintain and most importantly are effective. GFSI Certification is rapidly becoming a condition of doing business in the food and beverage industry. In fact, certified companies are more disciplined, more risk-focused, more efficient and more profitable. And brand protection is paramount.

GFSI Overview

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an independent global consumer goods network, with over 400 members across 150 countries. It was introduced to the food industry in May 2000 as a non-profit foundation. During the development process, CEO’s of global companies came together at The Consumer Goods Forum to create a set of harmonized best practice food safety requirements.

Today GFSI is overseen by a board of directors from large retailers, manufacturers and suppliers and food service companies. There are several popular harmonized standards under the GFSI umbrella. Among these are: SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000, International Food Standard, GlobalG.A.P, etc. Over the years, GFSI Certification has gained popularity among most of the big box retailers.

Major food manufacturers and retailers demand their suppliers adhere to GFSI Audit schemes to ensure safe and quality food. In many ways, GFSI benchmarked schemes require higher safety standards than what government regulatory bodies enforce. Additionally, GFSI is focused on reducing duplication of audits across the supply chain, meeting customer demands and managing food safety risks.

Consulting—Global Food Safety Initiative

Our registered and certified full-time consultant-auditors are industry experts in the GFSI benchmarked standards (e.g. SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000, IFS, GlobalG.A.P. etc.). We’re ready to help you with every step of the GFSI Certification process. From gap analysis through development and implementation, we partner with your team and uniquely transfer the buy-in and ownership to all stakeholders.

We conduct a gap analysis, to evaluate existing conditions and documentation to uncover risks and performance gaps. We’ll build on what you have in place in order to streamline the process and gain optimum acceptance. We also help you to remain current—and even ahead of the curve—when it comes to food safety industry trends. And, most importantly, the programs we develop are based on your operational reality and are easy to maintain.

Food Safety Management System Development & Implementation

From documentation development to implementation, CFS expertly delivers all of the services a client requires. In the development phase, CFS creates effective policies and procedures that are crafted around your existing documentation. Certification Bodies, during their desk-top audits, will often state that our client’s documented programs are a model for success. Our documentation services are based on your operational reality.

During the implementation phase, CFS helps clients implement the documented programs. We coach each process owner and back-up on how to use their practical programs in everyday operations, so it becomes a part of the business culture. We then audit to ensure that the food safety management system is compliant and up to date. This includes food security/defense and food fraud mitigation strategies.

We also help our clients secure new business and increase existing business. In part, this is accomplished by image improvement, engaging employees, process streamlining, and significantly reducing the cost of doing business—the virtual elimination of waste, rework, and scrap. Moreover, we work with each client to identify creative ways to leverage their certificate—to accelerate short- and long-term growth of sales.

Consulting Services

CFS provides best practice, pragmatic and custom approaches to:
  • Change Management and Culture Shift
  • GMP/GDP Audit Compliance
  • GFSI Development and Implementation
  • Retail Food Safety Consulting and Auditing
  • Food Safety Documentation Services
  • Hazard Analysis Plan Development and/or Refinement
  • Process Control and Validation
  • FSMA Compliance
  • USDA Compliance
  • Food Safety Plan Development and Validation
  • Food Security and Defense
  • Vulnerability and Food Fraud Assessments
  • Preparing for Audits and Inspections
  • Supplier Approval Auditing and Consulting
  • Integrated Pest Management Consulting
  • OSHA Assessments and Remediation Services
  • Recall Data Analysis and Remediation Services
  • Food Safety Expert Witness Services
  • And 25+ additional consulting and auditing services

Regulatory Compliance

We work closely with the FDA, state-level Agriculture Departments and local Health Departments to ensure all regulatory requirements are met and often exceeded during every assignment—from GFSI Certification to GMP or a FSMA Food Safety Plan. Our documented programs have been praised by Certification Bodies, the FDA and health departments for practicality and effectiveness.

CFS COVID-19 Crisis Response & Training

To assist your company with an effective COVID-19 mitigation strategy, CFS has developed the following emergency response programs to provide the support you need.