Quality and safety standards in food supply chains
R. Baines, Royal Agricultural College, UK
Private standards have been developed in many countries and some standards have progressed beyond national status to become global standards, the most important of which are evaluated here. The standards compared here include pre-farm gate standards (SQF1000, GlobalGAP and ISO22000) and food industry standards (SQF2000, BRC Global, IFS and ISO22000). Like most national standards, all claim to address food safety but only some also consider product quality and extrinsic quality factors like environmental care or worker conditions of employment. What each standard actually delivers is discussed here and summarised in two decision trees, ...