Issue 2 revision

The revision and evolution of our standards are at the heart of our work. By reviewing our standards, we can ensure that they incorporate latest industry trends and operations, practical experiences and best practices from industry. The revision process enables us to take into account the changing expectations, regulatory requirements and consumer needs. It provides the opportunity to build on the value that our customers and stakeholders gain from the use of our standards. 

The START! programme recognises and encourages the development of food safety systems in small or new sites where food safety management systems are immature. Developed in line with the full Food Safety Global Standard and aligned to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Global Markets programme, it is recognised and supported by many leading brands and retailers. The standard provides a clear path towards improved food safety standards as food businesses grow.

An important next step in the development of the next version of START! is a consultation to understand stakeholders’ requirements. We are delighted to announce that this consultation period is now open and we welcome your feedback on how the standard can be improved.

You are encouraged to provide feedback by downloading the feedback form and returning it by email to by the 7th September.