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Innovative Assurance Approaches for the Fresh Produce Industry


NSF-CMi explains how the complex demands of managing compliance and quality assurance throughout international supply chains can be mastered through expert information systems into a business improvement process.

At Fruit Logistica 2011 NSF-CMi will be showcasing the latest developments in its market-leading assurance system, Intelligent Assurance.
This new concept takes assurance into the post-certification era building into the site audit a more dynamic risk-based evaluation. This process facilitates an in-depth analysis of the compliance levels, enabling the producer and their clients to understand and calibrate the strength and weaknesses of the food production process.
The key, says David Richardson, Managing Director, is to look at exposures to risk. Why waste equal time on areas that you know are compliant or low risk to the business and customer? The point is surely to focus resource where its needed on the areas of greatest exposure.
Visitors to the NSF-CMi stand at Fruit Logistica will be able to see demos and reports generated by the system as well as have a full explanation of its capabilities.
For example, NSF-CMi manages a proprietary scheme for supply of fresh produce on behalf of a major international retailer. The scheme includes standards for food safety, environment and worker welfare, extends over 78 countries, involving a complex structure of several thousand growers, PMOs and primary suppliers. The Intelligent Assurance service provides statistical reporting, technical input and complaints and issue management, in addition to auditing and reporting, all through a web-enabled real time management system. Self-audit is now an option for many grower groups.
We are delighted to be at Fruit Logistica again to talk about our exciting service developments for all aspects of the Fresh Produce industry, said Mr Richardson.

To learn more about Intelligent Assurance, visit NSF-CMi at Fruit Logistica in Berlin on 9-11th February 2010 Hall 8.2 Stand B-01

NSF-CMi, the most widely known and respected food assurance brand, leads NSF International global food assurance operations. Through our international network of offices we deliver services and expertise to established and developing food supply operations in all regions of the world.

NSF-CMi services include certification, consulting, technical and risk services that enable companies both to comply with legislative and industry standards and gain competitive advantage in their markets.

NSF-CMi Certification is the leading provider of independent assurance and certification services to the agriculture, produce and processing industries, certifying over 75,000 clients and operating in over 70 countries worldwide.

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