The Global Food Safety Initiative is an industry-based, business-driven initiative that seeks to continually improve food safety management systems and inspire confidence in consumers regarding the delivery of safe foods worldwide. The initiative - established and managed by the Consumer Goods Forum, an international trade association, was launched in 2000 to respond to several food safety crises that rocked the global food market. Constituted as a benchmarking entity, GFSI, whose membership encompasses over 650 major retailers, manufacturers, and foodservice operators across seventy countries, formulates and champions food safety benchmarks through which global certification scheme owners can harmonize their food safety standards. GFSI-recognized standards have been adopted by the industry for over 20 years.
There are options when it comes to selecting a GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Scheme. Choosing the wrong GFSI program could cost thousands of dollars and delay the process for up to 24 months. Understanding how each food safety scheme impacts the food industry is something Global Food Safety Consultants prides itself on. Whether your looking for full system development or support for a specific project, company's have leveraged the knowledge of GFSC to make the best decisions for their business. Follow the link below to see which option is best for you.
GFSI Certification has boundless potential that can pave the road for generational success.
Integrating a GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Program into your business takes time. It has to be done right.
A new company dedicated to obtaining certification should expect this process to take about 6-8 months. In some cases, the process can be expedited.
The cost for certification can be subdivided into three steps.
Step 1 Food Safety Manual:
Costs vary from $2,500 for simple packaging facility to $12,000 for more complex food products.
Step 2 Preaudit Assessment
For a preaudit assessment, expect to pay a daily rate between $900 to $2,000 depending upon the experience of the auditor.
Step 3 GFSI Audit
Depending upon which GFSI scheme and certification body you choose to conduct your audit, prices can and will vary. Typically, a simple one day audit will cost between $1,000 to $2,000 and more complex 3 to 5 day audits can cost as much as $10,000.
Total Cost for GFSI Certification can range from $4,500 to up above $30,000 per facility.