Since the mid-2000s, in order to standardize the qualification of suppliers in the field of “food”, large-scale distribution, especially foreign, has created regulated rules, which have resulted in the following voluntary certifications of companies:
- “BRC: British Retail Consortium” Global Standard, developed by the English GDO;
- “IFS food: International Food Standard” developed by operators from France and Germany.
Since the end of 2007 Prosciuttificio San Francesco Spa (PSF) has undertaken the path of quality certification, obtaining, for the first time in June 2008, the above-mentioned certifications, at the highest level for both. Since then, every year, it is subjected to an audit (audit) by a third (external) certifying body, which at the end of the verification (which now lasts 3 days) if all the required requirements are met, issues the updated certification.
These voluntary requirements, over the years, have been intertwined with the provisions of existing community legislation on food safety and good processing practices, in order to meet the ever increasing demand for uniform European standards and to be able to remain on the lists of approved establishments authorized for exports to third countries. One of the latest updates introduced concerns “food fraud” following numerous violations on the veracity of food placed on the market.