FSNS Certification & Audit (FSNS C&A) is an independent, accredited entity that offers nationwide and international certification and audit services through a wide range of audit programs. Audits performed by the FSNS Certification & Audit Team provide an objective assessment of current policies and procedures to help ensure that the organization consistently meets customer requirements, and stays a step ahead of the competition.

Audit Types Offered


Food Safety Net Certification and Audit is currently ISO/IEC Guide 17065 accredited, by ANSI, to perform certification audits against GFSI Benchmarked BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, BRC Storage and Distribution, IFS Logistics and SQF schemes.  A copy of our accreditation can be viewed here. A copy of our accreditation certificate, present in the ANSICA database can be viewed here.

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

The Global Food Safety Initiative was formed in 2000 during a Consumer Goods Forum to increase consumer confidence in the safety of food products and provide a benchmarking system for global food safety standards. The GFSI mission statement is to “Provide continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.” More information relating to GFSI and benchmarked certification schemes can be found here: http://www.mygfsi.com/

Brand Reputation Compliance (BRC) Audits

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, developed by retailers, was the first Standard in the world to be approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarking committee. Because the BRC Global Standards are meticulous and thorough, but also easy to follow and to comprehend, they are the most widely used of the GFSI standards, boasting more than 16,000 certified organizations throughout the world.

The BRC Standard places a strong emphasis on management commitment and a detailed HACCP Program as the basis of a successful food safety program. Furthermore, it emphasizes the importance on the overall commitment for quality programs and their execution. The Standard’s requirements are clearly defined and documented which provides consistent interpretation by the auditors and implementation by the audited facilities. This consistency promotes confidence in the certification process as a whole. For information on the Brand Reputation Compliance (BRC), visit: www.brcglobalstandards.com.

BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution

The BRC Global Standard was introduced in 2006 to bridge the gap between food manufacturers and retailers and foodservice companies. The Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is a leading certification scheme which enables companies providing storage, wholesale and distribution services to gain certification against a global recognized scheme. Additional information relating to BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution may be found at the BRC website: www.brcglobalstandards.com.

Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification Audit

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) program was developed to provide retailers and foodservice providers confidence in their supply chain’s food safety management systems. The SQF certification scheme strives to provide evidence that a robust, validated food safety system is implemented at the facility. The SQF program is management by the Safe Quality Food Institute whose mission is to: “To deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders.” Current SQF certification audits are performed against SQF Code, edition 7.1. A copy of the SQF code can be downloaded here: www.sqfi.com/documents/. For more information related to SQF certification visit the SQFI website at: SQFI.com

PAACO Certified Animal Welfare Audit

Our auditors are PAACO certified and trained extensively through the use of calibration audits conducted by Dr. Temple Grandin in Animal Welfare and by Dr. Linda Detwiler in SRM Removal and Avian Influenza. Dr. Temple Grandin leads the calibration meetings with the FSNS C&A auditing team and has been an animal welfare consultant to FSNS C&A for over 10 years. With the support of FSNS C&A, our customers have the opportunity to improve Animal Welfare processes and procedures.

For more information regarding our auditing services, email Auditing@FSNS.com or call 888-525-9788.