• Request for Comments on the GFSI Benchmarking Requirement Version 8 Draft Including Food Fraud

    by John Spink • June 26, 2019 • Blog • 0 Comments

    Recently, the GFSI public request for comments on the Version 8 draft was due. While the deadline has passed, if you have significant comments or concerns, you can still submit comments.  To link to the  Version 8 draft of GFSI Benchmarking Requirements see:

    Key Take-Aways

    Key Recommendations

    The MSU-FFI public comment summary is below, and the full submission can be reviewed at this URL:


    Quote from the MSU-FFI Summary:

    May 14, 2019

    To: GFSI Version 8 Draft Review Team, gfsibm@theconsumergoodsforum.com

    Review and Public comments on the GFSI Public Consultation on Benchmarking Requirements DRAFT Version 8 – MSU-FFI Public Comments

    We are pleased to participate in the GFSI review process. Attached you will find our comments and recommendations.

    1. Scope: The new numbering system is helpful, and it is efficient to be consistent with ISO 22000.
    2. Scope: It is efficient that the topic numbers are consistent through all the sections. Food Fraud is Topic Number 8.
    3. Glossary – Recommendation: add terms for food defence that match food fraud expanding from just the food defence definition also to include food defence threat.
      1. Section Recommendation: In the sections, we recommend adding to the “Clause Name/ Requirement” a header in the “Requirement” cell. See details below. For example, changing “A food fraud vulnerability: an assessment procedure shall…” to “Food fraud vulnerability assessment: A food fraud vulnerability: an assessment procedure shall… .”

    Take time to review the GFSI Guidance Document Version 8, or at least review our summary. Take part in the process to have your input considered. You probably have specific insight or concern, and now is the time for you to make your maximum impact on driving the process. If you are in the food industry in any way, you will probably be complying with this system. Take the time to help shape your own future. FFI

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