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What is GFSI?

What You Need to Know About
GFSI Certification

**Zosi is not an official partner of GFSI. The food safety training resources listed here are in no way affiliated with the organization and are not GFSI-authorized learning products. Zosi’s training and materials work to help you prepare for the GFSI-Recognized Certification of your choosing.

GFSI stands for The Global Food Safety Initiative, an industry-driven coalition founded to oversee food safety standards for businesses like yours and help provide access to safe food for people worldwide. GFSI brings together key actors in the food industry to drive improvement in food safety management systems.

As a private organization, GFSI oversees and approves a number of auditing platforms (certification programs) that meet their benchmarking requirements. Food processors and manufacturers champion GFSI-certification as a way to show potential and existing customers that they operate with a comprehensive and effective food safety program. In fact, your customers may even ask to see your GFSI recognized certification.

What is GFSI Recognized Certification?

GFSI recognizes — a number of food safety Certification Program Owners (CPO’s)that meet the GFSI benchmarking requirements. Your company must pass a third-party audit by one of these certification programs in order to achieve GFSI-Recognized Certification. – Each CPO has their own food safety audit potentially available to meet your needs depending on your scope of business operations.

What are the GFSI Certification Programs?

A GFSI certification program is a food safety certification program for which GFSI has recognized Certification Program Owner’s (CPO’s) auditing standards. The GFSI- recognized CPO’s include:

  • SQF
  • BRCGS Global Standard
  • Canadagap
  • FSSC 22000
  • Global Aquaculture Alliance Seafood
  • Global Gap
  • Global Red Meat Standard
  • IFS International Featured Standards
  • Japan Food Safety Management Association
  • Primus GFS
Policies and procedures

Do you say what you do?

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Processes and facility

Do you do what you say?

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Documentation

Do you document that you do what you say you do?

So, how do you choose between GFSI Certification Programs?

GFSI certification programs are not one-size-fits-all. Every food processing or manufacturing facility must take the time to carefully consider which certification program they want to be audited against based on their scope of operations. Which GFSI-recognized certification program makes sense for your unique products, processes, and consumers?


**Zosi is not an official partner of GFSI. The food safety training resources listed here are in no way affiliated with the organization and are not GFSI-authorized learning products. Zosi’s training and materials work to help you prepare for the GFSI-Recognized Certification of your choosing.

Zosi’s Food Safety Library

We know that choosing and maintaining your GFSI-approved certification is a crucial and challenging task. Zosi’s wide-ranging resources help food industry professionals understand, develop, and implement food safety requirements recognized by GFSI.

Start Here: HACCP

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is the bedrock your food safety system. Taking the time to learn HACCP principles and their proper application can make or break your production. In fact, HACCP training is required under several GFSI-recognized certification programs. Check out Zosi’s offerings:

Internal Auditing Training

Safe Quality Food (SQF) Training

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Upcoming Training

Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000

White Papers

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Crafting Compliant Food Safety Plans Under the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule

White Paper Preview - HACCP Prerequisite Programs

Prerequisite Programs for HACCP Systems

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Set Your Environmental Monitoring Program Up for Success with These 4 Steps

White Paper Preview - Internal Auditing

Top 10 Audit Non-Conformances and How to Prevent Them


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Your Guide to the Seven HACCP Principles

The 5 Factors that Guide Effective Internal and External Audits

Taking Control of Your HACCP System


**Zosi is not an official partner of GFSI. The food safety training resources listed here are in no way affiliated with the organization and are not GFSI-authorized learning products. Zosi’s training and materials work to help you prepare for the GFSI-Recognized Certification of your choosing.

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