QS: Quality Assurance from Farm to Shop
QS is a quality assurance scheme for foodstuffs, that takes into account all steps in the entire food supply chain. Because of its holistic approach, the QS certification mark increases food safety and inspires trust.
The QS logo has rapidly established itself as a sign of safety and reliability, and consumers can now find it on a wide range of products, including beef, pork and poultry, as well as fruit, vegetables and potatoes.
Foodstuffs only bear the QS certification mark if all parties in the entire chain of production and distribution comply with the QS requirements. This includes the quality of the animal feed, the processing of meat, fruit and vegetables, and the retail and sale of the final product.
DQS CFS is an approved certification body for the supply chains of meat and meat products, as well as for fruit, vegetables and potatoes.
What is specific to a QS assessment is that any non-conformities will be separated into three categories, which then specify the assessment intervals. After the assessment, the organization receives action plans with the non-conformities, if any. DQS decides on the success of the certification. The organization receives a report and their certificate, and needs to work through the non-onformities within a specified period of time.
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