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Below is a selection of food safety insights written by QIMA/WQS's subject matter experts on a variety of industry topics. These papers offer insights into GFSI news, scheme updates, and market trends; based on our research and analysis. QIMA/WQS continually produces new content, so be sure to subscribe to be notified.

GFSI and Scheme Insights


Our Solutions for the Agricultural Sector

As your business objectives change, our solutions will help you navigate the complexities of the food safety ecosystem.

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Providing Trust and Transparency to Consumers of Plant-Based Products

Providing Trust and Transparency to Consumers of Plant-Based Products

In the last couple of years, there has been an increased demand for plant-based products due to the impact of modern industrial farming methods on the environment, and animal welfare practices. This quick guide provides information on one of the fastest growing sector in the food industry.

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PrimusGFS Certification Scheme & How To Transfer Certification Bodies

PrimusGFS Certification Scheme & How To Transfer Certification Bodies

PrimusGFS is a GFSI-benchmarked audit scheme for certification in the produce sector, including farms, indoor agriculture, harvest crews, and facilities engaged in the storage, handling or processing of agricultural products. The scheme covers the scope of the supply chain from pre- and to post- farm gate production.

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Food Safety Audits 101

Food Safety Audits 101

A food safety audit is a way of gathering and assessing evidence to determine if the system in place is appropriate and effective. So, are you actually doing what it says you are doing in the written procedures? Have the hazards been identified and controlled or eliminated?

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Food Safety Articles


Guidance for Brands and Specifiers - Top 5 recommendations for returning to onsite audits of your suppliers

Throughout the pandemic, BRCGS has continued to publish regular guidance and information to support the industry. We also launched a number of initiatives, either as temporary or permanent solutions to ensure continued certification for suppliers and ongoing customer assurance.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Find out how the GLOBALG.A.P. Standards help you to meet some of the targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN by scrolling over the highlighted goals.

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QIMA/WQS BRCGS CB of the year

QIMA/WQS BRCGS CB of the Year

Food safety certifier QIMA/WQS won the award for Certification Body of the Year by BRCGS (Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards) at the Food Safety Americas annual conference held in May 2021.

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FSI: Food Safety: Collaboration, Transparency & the Road Ahead

In this episode host Linda Okpala speaks to new GFSI Steering Committee member Zoltan Syposs from The Coca-Cola Company on his first impressions, the increasingly important roles of collaboration and transparency, and the direction food safety is heading.

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GLOBALG.A.P. streamlines food-safety audits, reduces fatigue

GLOBALG.A.P. certification programs allow produce shippers to expand their sales and markets.

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GGNA Winter 2021 Membership Spotlight: Interview with QIMA/WQS

Why is GLOBALG.A.P. important to you?

The whole food supply chain depends on collaboration, and GLOBALG.A.P. is an essential piece of that puzzle. GLOBALG.A.P. and certification bodies like QIMA/WQS depend on each other to make food supply chain assurance a reality.

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International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV 2021)

The IYFV is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security, and health and as well in achieving the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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USDA, FDA Reiterate: COVID-19 Cannot Be Transmitted Through Food or Food Packages.

Epidemiologic and scientific information indicate that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through food or food packaging.

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Scheme Updates


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Quick guide for Global Standards

Our Global Standards provide the framework for companies to easily fulfil their legal obligations to product quality safety and provide protection for the end consumer as well as their own brand, based on standardised quality, safety and operational criteria.

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Use Of License, Certificates And Marks Of Conformity

Use Of License, Certificates And Marks Of Conformity

The Use Of License, Certificates And Marks Of Conformity has as its objective establish the control over ownership, usage, and display of licenses, certificates, marks of conformity, and any other mechanisms for indicating that a product or system is certified.

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GLOBALG.A.P.

Find all relevant documents for each GLOBALG.A.P. standard

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BRCGS Food Issue 9

The BRCGS Food standard updated to version 9 on August 1, 2022. The update will be effective as of February 1, 2023. Access the updated version of the standard here.

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PrimusGFS Version 3.2 Documents

Azzule Systems has made its new version of PrimusGFS – v3.2 – available to auditees now, and will be the mandatory version for audits scheduled after March 1, 2022. PrimusGFS v3.2 aligns to the GFSI’s v2020 benchmarking requirements and offers both GAP (Farm, Indoor Agriculture, and Harvest Crew) and GMP (Cooling & Cold Storage, Packinghouse, Processing, Storage & Distribution) audits

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SQF Code – Edition 9 Downloads

Edition 9 will be implemented May 24, 2021. Companies using SQF Code to achieve the highest level of food safety management practices are leaders in the industry and trusted partners of retailers and consumers.

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BRCGS Start! Quick Guide

The START! program recognizes and encourages the development of food safety systems in small sites where food safety management systems are immature. Developed in line with the full Food Safety Global Standard and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Global Markets program, it is recognized and supported by many leading brands and retailers.

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North American Meat Insitute

Animal welfare for slaughterhouses

Since 1991, the North American Meat Institute has encouraged its members to subscribe to voluntary animal welfare guidelines and to embrace auditing programs and they have done so. The meat industry was the first sector in animal agriculture to develop such guidelines and to begin self-audit programs. The North American Meat Institute released its updated 2021 Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide in January 2021. This replaces the 2019 edition.

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Animal Welfare for Broiler Chickens

The chicken industry has developed a specific set of expectations that will ensure that the birds we raise are taken care of with the highest standards starting at hatch.

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