Get certified today 

In today’s complex world full of challenges in our food supply chains, food certification programs exist to instill confidence in the distribution of safer food products to consumers. If your company manufactures food and your products are sold on supermarket shelves, served at hospitals, schools, institutions, distributed on board of flights, or if they are simply exposed to masses of people, contact Axxel Inc. and get your company certified sooner than later, today. 


Food Safety Systems 

Food Safety Systems are fundamental requirements for any food safety and quality standards that exist today. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), two categories of food safety systems, are pre-requisite programs that are vital to the continued existence of any manufacturers in the food industry. 

GMP 

GMP’s are the 1st step to food safety. They are designed to monitor the following operational and environmental factors, that could impact Food safety when neglected: 

  1. Building 
  2. Transport & Storage 
  3. Maintenance 
  4. Hygiene Training 
  5. Sanitation & Pest Control 
  6. Recall & Traceability 
  7. Allergen Control 

HACCP 

HACCP is recognized internationally as a logical tool for adapting traditional inspection methods to a modern, science-based, food safety system. 

Based on risk-assessment, HACCP plans allow both industry and government to allocate their resources efficiently in establishing and auditing safe food production practices. 


GFSI 

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems. GFSI was first introduced to the industry when a number of food safety crises occurred and consumer confidence was at an all-time low. Since then, experts from all over the world have been collaborating in numerous Technical Working Groups to tackle current food safety issues defined by GFSI stakeholders. Key activities within GFSI include the definition of food safety requirements for food safety schemes through a benchmarking process. 

Benchmarked Standards

  1. BRC (BRITISH RETAIL CONSORSIUM) 
  2. SQF (SAFE AND QUALITY FOOD) 
  3. FSSC 22000 (ISO SYSTEMADAPTED FOR FOOD) 

All the standards are equal in terms of satisfying GFSI requirements, however some standards could be easier to implement depending on the sector. Contact an Axxel Inc. Food Certification specialist to identify your sector and get you certified, today. 

Who Should Implement GFSI? 

Industries who should implement the program: 

  • Meat transformation 
  • Ready-to-eat frozen meal manufacturers 
  • Dairy products (milk, yogurt, ice cream producers) 
  • Snack food (nuts, chips) 
  • Confectionary (chocolates, candies) 
  • Coffee processors, roasters, packers 
  • Bakeries 
  • Cereal manufacturers 
  • Sea food distributors 

Food Packaging 

Companies that manufacture packaging intended for direct or incidental food contact, and companies that supply reputable brands in the food industry, are now required to have food packaging safety and quality system certifications. 

Benchmarked Standards: 

There are 3 GFSI benchmarked standards & certification schemes globally: 

  1. BRC For Food Packaging 
  2. IFS /PAC SECURE 
  3. SQF for Food packaging 

Each standard requires companies to be GMP and HACCP certified, and to run safety management systems adapted to the packaging industry. 

Benefits: 

  • Ensuring safer food 
  • Reducing foodborne diseases 
  • Protecting reputation by reducing risk of Recalls 
  • Increase in sales and ability to trade with major retailers globally 
  • Better quality and safer jobs in the food industry 
  • Better utilization of resources 
  • More efficient validation and documentation of techniques, methods and procedures 
  • Cost reduction by increasing efficiency via process controls 
  • Increased potential for economic growth and development 

Government Grants 

Provincial Government introduced MAPAQ as a financial support program for companies in the Quebec food sector as of October 2013. Our Axxel Inc. food experts can help eligible companies receive reimbursement of up to 50% of Food safety Consulting Fees and 70% of Certification and training required for their personnel. 

MAPAQ Requirements

You’ll need to submit financial statements along with a tailored business plan in order to apply for the grant. 

The Axxel Package

Axxel food specialists can bundle your applications and business plans along with their consulting services to increase your chances of MAPAQ approval. Our reputation in the industry is unmatchable – contact us for the Axxel package, today.