East-West passed IFS Logistics certification
East-West once again confirmed its leadership in the field of the organisation of warehouse and transport logistics, became one of the first suppliers of the Food Service market which received the international IFS Logistics certificate of quality and safety of food products.
IFS (International Food Standard) is the supplier reliability evaluation standard developed in 2002 by joint representatives of the German Retail Federation (Hauptverband des Deutschen Einzelhandels) and the Federation of Enterprises of Trade and Distribution (Fédération des Entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution). The main objective of this standard is to guarantee the consumer that specific food products meet the necessary quality and safety requirements.
The IFS standard is based on the ÍÀÑÑÐ (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) principles. In its turn, ÍÀÑÑÐ, a system to control the food production, storage and sale process in any point where there can be situations hazardous to men’s health, was developed by NASA in the sixties to create safe food for astronauts.
The IFS Logistics standard, one of the IFS sub-standards, is the management system specially developed for the organisations operating in the transportation and logistics, for warehouses, as well as for the commercial organizations independently performing transportation and storage. IFS Logistics is focused on the regular and comprehensive hygiene and risk management, stock control, temperature control, and traceability of goods shipped to customers. The standard covers such lines of activity as transportation, storage, loading/unloading, etc.
For the East-West customers, the receipt of the IFS Logistics certificate is evidence of the successful operation of the company’s corporate food storage and delivery standards. Which, in its turn, provides the transparency and guarantee of the continuance of food quality throughout the whole chain of delivery