ROSEMONT, IL (January 26, 2012 Marketwire)—US Foods announced that it expects to be the first national foodservice distributor in the country to be certified in food safety and quality to the International Featured Standards (IFS), a globally recognized standard for safety and quality. US Foods selected NSF International to certify each of the company's 60 distribution facilities across the country.
The food safety and quality certification process is already underway at several US Foods distribution centers and all facilities are expected to be certified by the end of 2013.
IFS Logistics is part of a food and non-food supply chain standards family that includes IFS Food, which is benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the world's leading authority on food safety.
"We are pleased to welcome US Foods to the IFS family of safety and quality standards for food and non-food supply chain activities," says Stephan Tromp, IFS Managing Director. "Their decision to apply IFS Logistics will enhance the company's ability to provide customers with safe, quality food and non-food products consistently while developing operational efficiencies. Customers will know that US Foods operations, products and services meet the highest standards of safety and quality in the world."
NSF International is one of the most recognized and respected third-party food safety certification providers.
"NSF International is delighted to be chosen by US Foods in this ground-breaking project to certify their facilities over the next year and to support their continuous improvement program. We are proud of our almost 70 year history of protecting public health through food safety," said Robert Prevendar, director of supply chain food safety for NSF International.