Working with German retailer/wholesaler Metro AG, IFS has developed technology to help suppliers comply with Global Food Safety Initiative standards.

The system, which includes software and a database, provides a checklist for suppliers, and ensures that all food safety reports are written in the same format and entered into the database, according to a news release.

Users can have their own third-party certifiers perform assessments at the facilities, according to the release.

Metro uses the system for its suppliers that are not yet able to undergo a certification process of a GFSI-recognized standard, such as IFS.

Metro has operations in 33 countries and sources products from across the globe for its chains, according to the release.