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Food Safety Conference Explores Improving Integrity of Supply Chain

ANSI Accreditation Services Ensure Best Industry Practices

New York, Oct 12, 2006

Food retailers and suppliers, regulators and certification bodies gathered earlier this week in Arlington, VA, to discuss the benefits and impact of using the SQF Food Safety Certification Program to improve the integrity of the food supply chain.

Hosted by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) on October 9-11 in Arlington, VA, the Safe Quality Food Institute Conference served as a forum for participants to learn about existing food safety standards, the benefits of certification, and best practices in food safety quality management systems. A sponsor and exhibitor at the event, the American National Standards Institute was on hand to provide information and materials on a range of conformity assessment and accreditation services.

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a fully integrated food safety and quality accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The program outlines safety and quality requirements for all food commodities, including raw materials, beverages, and processed and prepared foods, and has established standards for both third-party auditing and training. Using the SQF program, a food supplier can ensure that its products have been produced, prepared, transported, stored and handled according to the most rigorous international standards.

ANSI accredits the certification bodies that audit suppliers under the SQF Program. Accreditation by ANSI ensures that auditing organizations are legal entities, independent and free of conflicts of interest, employ qualified people, and have proper oversight. All auditing organizations must comply with the requirements of Guide 65, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems, of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI’s accreditation programs themselves are created in accordance with international guidelines as verified by government and peer review assessments.

Reliance upon ANSI accreditation programs ensures best industry practices, reduces the need for government agencies to individually monitor credentialing organizations, and strengthens consumer confidence in products and services. Accreditation provides certification programs credibility and international recognition, and helps to promote the cross-border trade of goods and services.

ANSI provides accreditation services for both product and personnel certification bodies. In addition, in partnership with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), ANSI also provides an accreditation program for quality and environmental management systems registrars via the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

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