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IFS Food

The IFS Food Standard is a standard recognised by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) for auditing food manufacturers. It focuses on food safety and the quality of processes and products. The standard applies to food processors as well as to companies in which unpackaged food is packaged.

IFS Food is used where products are “processed” or where there is a risk of contamination of the product during initial packaging. The standard is important for all food manufacturers, especially for manufacturers of private labels, as many requirements check compliance with customer specifications.

The standard supports the work of the production and marketing departments in the areas of brand safety and quality. IFS Food has been developed in close cooperation with certification bodies, retailers, the food industry and system catering.

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Further information can be found on the IFS website.

IFS Logistik

IFS Logistics is a standard for auditing companies that carry out logistic activities with food and non-food products, such as transport, storage, distribution, loading and unloading, etc. The standard is applicable to all modes of transport: Delivery by road, rail, sea or air; frozen, refrigerated products or products handled under environmental conditions (different aggregate states: liquid, solid or gaseous).

The standard is also applicable to service providers who perform deep freezing and thawing or simple maturing processes as well as logistics companies who use service providers for their transport and/or storage activities.

Further information can be found on the IFS website.

ITW Initiative Tierwohl

In the Animal Welfare Initiative, companies and associations from agriculture, the meat industry and the food retail trade have set themselves the joint goal of promoting more animal-friendly and sustainable meat production. In the future, too, they want to offer consumers pork and poultry meat of outstanding quality and great variety, while at the same time making animal welfare an even stronger basis for their actions.

The companies and associations involved in the Animal Welfare Initiative have developed a comprehensive programme to promote animal welfare at the agricultural production level of animal keepers, involving industry, science and interest groups, and have defined scientifically sound, measurable and verifiable requirements for animal husbandry. Compliance with the animal husbandry requirements is monitored by neutral certification bodies. They carry out independent inspections in accordance with the programme manual, in particular the present inspection system.

Further information can be found on the ITW website www.initiative-tierwohl.de

Regionalfenster

The “Regionalfenster” is a declaration field and contains only statements about the origin and the proportion of regional agricultural ingredients / raw materials, the place of processing and optionally the preliminary stages of the agricultural production of the product. The neutral control institution commissioned is also named.

Statements on the type of production (e.g. fair, sustainable, ecological, without genetic engineering, animal-friendly) are not permitted in the regional window.

The regional window serves to create more transparency for the consumer.

Further information finds you on the side of regional window www.regionalfenster.de

IFS Broker

The IFS Broker Standard applies to persons or companies, regardless of whether they own the products or not, who typically do not take physical possession of the products (e.g. who do not own warehouses, packing stations or vehicle fleets, but are legal entities with letterboxes, offices, etc.).

The main objective of the standard is to evaluate the fulfilment of legal and customer specific requirements, in particular how the company selects and directs its suppliers for the products required by the customer, how it is able to fulfil the traceability requirements of the traded products as well as other specific customer requirements and how it manages a product recall.

IFS Broker only covers the trading activities of food, household and personal care products and packaging materials.

Further information can be found on the IFS website.

QS

The QS test mark stands for tested quality assurance for fresh food – from the farmer to the shop counter! Whether meat and sausage or fruit, vegetables and potatoes – foods with the QS test mark have a precisely documented and controlled life cycle. Thus the way of a beef steak from the animal owner over the slaughterhouse and the butcher up to the supermarket or with apples and tomatoes from the producer over the wholesaler up to the food retail trade is clearly comprehensible.

Their food testing system covers all stages of the food chain. Strict QS requirements, such as traceability or hygiene, apply to all participating companies at home and abroad. Independent auditors regularly check whether the requirements are met.

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Further information can be found on the QS page.

ORGAINVENT

Since 1.9.2000, indications of origin have been required for every piece of beef marketed in the EU. All market participants, i.e. slaughterhouses, cutting plants, wholesalers, food retail chains, butcher’s shops and agricultural direct marketers are obliged to do this. Since 1.4.2015, indications of origin for pre-packaged pork, sheep, goat and poultry meat have also been mandatory for end consumers and suppliers of communal catering services. To this end, all stages involved in production and processing up to the point of sale must work hand in hand and ensure that this information chain functions properly.

This has been the core competence of ORGAINVENT GmbH since 1998! With the ORGAINVENT system for meat origin labelling, all system participants are supported in implementing the legal requirements into their own origin labelling. A practice-oriented system for the labelling and tracing of meat, which is used by a large number of companies in the meat industry, butcher’s trade and the trade and which ensures reliable information quality with neutral controls.

Further information can be found on the Orgainvent website www.orgainvent.de

VLOG Food without genetic engineering

This standard serves as the basis for VLOG’s granting of a license to use the “Ohne GenTechnik” or the “VLOG geprüft” seal. In addition, it supports companies in developing a risk management system.

This standard is aimed at

Manufacturers, processors and retailers of food products who wish to label their products with a “no genetic engineering” seal or the words “no genetic engineering”.
Feed manufacturers and traders who want to label their products with the “VLOG tested” seal.

In addition to agricultural companies and logistics companies, food manufacturers and processors as well as feed manufacturers can also have themselves certified according to this standard irrespective of the above-mentioned labelling requirement (VLOG seal).

Further information can be found on the VLOG website www.ohnegentechnik.org