Lloyds Register carried out first IFS PIA audit at Vion in Boxtel
Together with retail organisations, certification bodies, Vion Food Group and SIM Supply, IFS has developed a new international Product Integrity Standard named IFS Product Integrity Assessment (PIA).
Food fraud incidents have made producers, consumers and governments more critical and have significantly affected confidence in food products. Legal requirements have been tightened and the pressure on food integrity has increased. As a retailer or a consumer, you want to be sure that a supplier can deliver products that meet your product integrity requirements and specifications. This is possible with IFS PIA: to realise delivering trusted products, products the consumer can rely on.
During development of the IFS PIA standard IFS, SIM supply certification bodies including Lloyds Register and food producers including Vion have worked together to set the standard which is fit for assessment. Test assessments were carried out, including a Vion production plant which was already certified against the Dutch CBL Chain of Custody integrity standard.
The IFS standard was finalised in 2019, the first IFS PIA audit was successfully carried out at Vion in Boxtel. Lloyds Register assessed Vion during a 2-day assessment with specific focus on product and process integrity. Vion has planned to certify all Dutch Vion plants to IFS PIA during 2020.
IFS is proud that Lloyds Register has carried out the first IFS PIA assessment in the world at Vion Boxtel.
Stephan Tromp, managing Director of IFS has officially handed over the first IFS PIA certificate to Bert Urlings, QA director of Vion. Together with Thomas Zwiers, Consultant/Trainer at Lloyds Register, Julia Füllenbach, IFS Project manager and Hugo Pol, Group QA manager at Vion.
More information about IFS PIA is available on: https://ifs-productintegrity.com/