In order to guarantee optimal food safety and maximum confidence in the manufacturer, the main professional association of the German Retail Trade (the HDE) together with the representatives of the retail foods trade have developed the International Featured Standard Food (IFS Food). It is a standard recognized by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) for auditing food manufacturers. The focus of IFS Food lies on food safety and quality of the processes and products. In the production this assures continuous monitoring and compliance with food safety laws.
Both Greenland Seafood factories in Wilhelmshaven and Boulogne-sur-Mer have been audited and certified with the IFS Food Grade “High Level” for several years by now.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has issued this technical standard for suppliers in the food sector. BRC is, like the IFS, recognized by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). It has however gained more acceptance in European English-speaking countries, the USA and part of Asia compared to the IFS. It is actually a precondition for the entry of products into British food retailing. This quality standard requires the implementation of the HACCP-systems, a documented QM system and thorough control of the hygienic conditions with respect to products, processes and employees.
For many years Greenland Seafood factories in Wilhelmshaven and Boulogne-sur-Mer have repeatedly been audited and respectively certified with the BRC “A-Grade” and BRC “AA+ Grade”.