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What is the PrimusGFS Audit Certification Program?
PrimusGFS is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized audit Certification Program that has been used for many years in different areas of the food industry, particularly with fresh produce. It is designed to be used for primary production (including horticultural, grains, and pulses) and manufacturing sectors at a global level.
Depending on the operation being audited, PrimusGFS audits include Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).
PrimusGFS is owned and managed by Azzule Systems. PrimusGFS audits are performed by Certification Bodies (auditing companies) that are approved by the PrimusGFS Certification Program and accredited under ISO/IEC 17065 to perform PrimusGFS audits.
This website contains many details to aid you in obtaining certification. An example of how to start the process of being audited and potentially certified is available here .
PrimusGFS licenses training centers to provide required training for auditors, as well as optional education for auditees.
PrimusGFS is continually updating its products and services.
Over the last few years, large U.S. retailers and food service companies have pushed for auditing Certification Programs that are universally accepted worldwide. This drive for standardization of audit Certification Program created the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a push for auditing companies to benchmark their Certification Program against the GFSI standards and compliance requirements of food producers. “Once certified, accepted everywhere” is the GFSI vision that is now becoming a reality.
PrimusGFS is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked and fully recognized audit Certification Program covering both Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) scopes, as well as Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). The GFSI recognition of the PrimusGFS Certification Program helps move the produce industry one step closer to the desired goal of global food safety harmonization. The PrimusGFS Certification Program covers the scope of the supply chain from pre- and to post- farm gate production and provides an integrated supply chain approach.