09/06/2020

May 2020 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

04/06/2020

Food safety - a daily task at QS

The United Nations has declared 7 June as World Food Safety Day. Every year since 2019, this day has drawn attention worldwide to the health consequences of contaminated and rotten food. The fact that consumers in Germany can rely on safe fresh food is also the aim of the 150,000 participants in...

22/05/2020

QS infoportal on the coronavirus offers important specialist information for...

The slower rate of infection has led to a certain relaxation of the situation in the corona crisis. To ensure that this will remain this way, the consistent implementation of additional hygiene and infection protection measures is still the priority. In order to support its scheme participants...

20/05/2020

Spring issue of QS-Report Meat and Meat Products published

The new issue of the QS-Report Meat and Meat Products is now available in our media catalogue on the QS company website .

19/05/2020

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) - resumption of audit work

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, we had strongly recommended to refrain from conducting all QS audits in the past two months. In view of the current slowdown in the incidence of infection and the relaxation that has already taken place in many areas of life, we now consider the conduct of...

11/05/2020

April 2020 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

04/05/2020

New FAQ area for laboratories in the Residue, Feed and Salmonella monitoring

In addition to FAQs on the QS scheme, on participation in the scheme and on questions from the individual scheme stages, QS now also offers a separate question-answer area on its company website for laboratories active in the QS scheme.

29/04/2020

Aflatoxin B1 - Revision of the additional control plan

The additional control plan for aflatoxin B1 was revised with effect from April 29, 2020. Based on the available results for aflatoxin B1 in maize, the revised version contains a new risk assessment for Spain.

27/04/2020

IDTF database is positively evaluated in an online survey

In order to further optimize the service of the ICRT (International Committee Road Transport) and to make lasting improvements to the IDTF database (International Database Transport for Feed) in the interest of the certified companies, the ICRT conducted an Online Survey last December and January.

14/04/2020

March 2020 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

03/04/2020

Style guide for the QS certification mark - Revised edition published

QS has revised the structure and layout of the style guide for the use of the QS certification mark, further specifying the rules for use on composite products. The new version of the style guide can now be downloaded from the QS website .

26/03/2020

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): Extension of all QS eligibilities of delivery

Due to the current spread of the coronavirus, the eligibility of delivery of all QS certified locations will be extended by two months . According to the extended QS eligibility of delivery, necessary QS audits can be postponed to a later date.

23/03/2020

Spread of the coronavirus makes it necessary to dispense with QS audits

Due to the progressive spread of the coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2), QS urgently recommends its system partners to refrain from carrying out all QS audits within the next two months. Prior to this, QS had already pointed out to all partners in the QS network the possibility of postponing upcoming...

23/03/2020

Coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) - recognition for deliveries to external systems...

In view of the current spread of the coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) , QS has already pointed out that upcoming audit dates can be postponed at the discretion and after consultation with the respective certification body. This regulation also applies to the annual audits that must be carried out for...

10/03/2020

Supporting document on listeria prevention: QS publishes revised version

Together with experts from industry and science, QS has developed a supporting document for slaughterhouses, deboning- and processing-plants to determine the risk of Listeria monocytogenes occurrence and reduce it if necessary. The supporting document shows how the risk of Listeria can be...

05/03/2020

February 2020 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

18/02/2020

QS feed monitoring: Interactive world map updated

The interactive world map on the QS homepage for QS feed monitoring has been expanded to include the latest analysis results (period 07/2019 - 12/2019). It now includes analysis results for more than 25 product groups from 60 countries of origin. In addition to a detailed overview of raw...

14/02/2020

QS-Database: New system enables verification of the delivery authorization in...

To enable QS scheme participants to check the eligibility of delivery of their customers at any time, QS has set up a so-called back-up system in the QS Database. In the case that the QS-Database is not accessible - e.g. in the course of maintenance periods - QS scheme participants can use the...

12/02/2020

Revision of the additional control plan for Aflatoxin B1 – Changed risk...

With effect from February 10, 2020 QS has revised the additional control plan for aflatoxin B1. The revised version of the additional control plan contains a new risk assessment for the Czech Republic.

11/02/2020

January 2020 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

20/01/2020

Participate now - online survey of the IDTF database

To further optimise the IDTF database (International Database Transport for Feed) , the ICRT (International Committee Road Transport) has been conducting an online survey since the beginning of December 2019. The database summarises all minimum requirements of the European standard setters...

17/01/2020

Supporting documents now online

As part of the 2020 revision, now all revised and new supporting documents have been published on our QS website since 15 January 2020 and are available for you to download.

15/01/2020

December 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

14/01/2020

Event Farm at the IGW in Berlin

As the leading standard provider for safe fresh food in Germany and a reliable partner along the value chain, QS supports the active dialogue between society and modern agriculture at the Event Farm at this year's International Green Week (IGW) . Visit us from 17 - 26 January at our joint stand...

13/01/2020

QS checklists - Spanish language versions available immediately

In addition to a German and English version, the QS checklists for audits carried out from 1 January 2020 onwards are now also available in Spanish in the document centre of the QS website and in the database. This will further simplify the conduct of audits for Spanish speaking scheme...

08/01/2020

Meat, Livestock Farming and Feed – Revisions as of 1 January 2020

The QS guidelines from the meat, livestock farming and feed sectors were revised in the course of the 2020 revision in terms of both content and editing and adapted to practical use and legal requirements. The valid documents are now available in our Document Center and can be downloaded. We...

03/01/2020

QS scheme manual for 2020 published

The revised QS guidelines have been valid since 1 January 2020. They can now be viewed and downloaded in the Documentcenter of the QS company website.   

02/01/2020

Round robin test salmonella monitoring 2019: 36 of 38 laboratories successful

36 of the 38 participating laboratories from Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and Denmark achieved a positive result in the 2019 QS round robin test for laboratories in QS salmonella monitoring. They were asked to test ten meat juice and ten serum samples with different...

19/12/2019

Extension of mutual recognition with Danish standard DAFC

QS and the Danish standard Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC) have agreed to extend their mutual recognition, already existing since 2006, for another two years.

19/12/2019

QS wishes a Merry Christmas

Before we start the year 2020 full of optimism, we would like to thank you for the good and successful cooperation in 2019.

13/12/2019

Revision 2020: Changes in the Feed Sector

On 1 January 2020, the revised Guideline Feed Sector will enter into force. We have already compiled the most important changes for the feed sector in advance:  

13/12/2019

Revision 2020: Guidelines and checklists published

From now on, the guidelines valid for the coming year 2020 can be viewed and downloaded in the document centre of the QS company website. You can also download the revised checklists for audits to be carried out from 1 January 2020.  

11/12/2019

Feed monitoring: Revision of the additional control plan for Aflatoxin B1

The additional control plan for Aflatoxin B1 in maize has been revised with effect from 11 December 2019. Based on the available results for Aflatoxin B1, the revised version includes new risk classifications for Italy, Hungary and Ukraine.

10/12/2019

November 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

04/12/2019

IDTF Database Online Survey

The IDTF (International Database Transport for Feed) database of the ICRT (International Committee Road Transport) summarises the minimum requirements for the cleaning of European standard providers for the road transport of bulk feed. To further optimise the database, the ICRT will conduct an...

21/11/2019

Autumn issue of the QS Report Meat and Meat Products published

The autumn issue of the QS Report Meat and Meat Products has been published and can now be read and downloaded in the media catalogue of the QS website. To receive the QS report regularly and free of charge by e-mail, please register on the QS website under Press & Publications .

11/11/2019

October 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

04/11/2019

QS Software Platform - Spanish Version Now Online

In addition to the German and English languages, the QS software platform is now also available in a Spanish version. The new version makes the use of the database much easier and more comfortable for Spanish-speaking QS scheme participants, coordinators as well as employees of certification...

25/10/2019

Revision of the Guideline Diagnostic Data in Poultry Slaughtering

On January 1, 2020, a new version of the guideline Diagnostic Data in Poultry Slaughter will be valid. The revised version contains essential changes in the indication of reasons for rejection as well as in the recording of breast skin changes.

21/10/2019

QS scheme manual 2020 - Start of the commentary phase

From 21 October to 3 November, all QS scheme participants, auditors and interested parties are invited to participate in the commentary for the QS scheme manual. With immediate effect, you have the opportunity to comment on the QS guidelines valid from January 1, 2020 on the QS company page.

08/10/2019

September 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

18/09/2019

Revision of the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1

QS has revised the additional control plan for aflatoxin B1 with effect from 23 September 2019. As a result of updated weather data, existing results of the new harvest and classifications carried out at the beginning of the harvest in recent years, new risk classifications for several countries...

13/09/2019

August 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

23/08/2019

Extension of mutual recognition between FAMI-QS and QS

In recent years, FAMI-QS, a worldwide standard for the safety of special feed ingredients, and QS have strengthened and expanded their collaboration. Since June last year, QS-certified feed producers have had the opportunity to supply their goods to the FAMI-QS system and vice versa on the basis...

21/08/2019

Further recognition for companies storing meat and meat products: BRC Global...

In addition to IFS Logistics, IFS Food, IFS Wholesale, IFS Cash & Carry and BRC Global Standard for Storage & Distribution, QS now also recognizes the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety as an equivalent standard for storage companies of meat and meat products in the QS scheme.

16/08/2019

QS in international exchange at PROGNOSFRUIT and ICoMST 2019

Last week QS was represented at two congresses, ICoMST and PROGNOSFRUIT. At the ICoMST 2019, which took place from August 4 to 9 in Potsdam, QS appeared for the first time as a sponsor with its own information stand. QS used the congress to present the services of the QS inspection system to a...

14/08/2019

QS at Anuga 2019 - Save the Date!

Great events cast their shadows ahead! From 5 to 9 October 2019, Anuga, the world's largest trade fair for the food industry, will open its doors in Cologne. At this year's edition of the food fair, in which more than 7,500 exhibitors from more than 100 countries took part in 2017, QS will of...

07/08/2019

July 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

05/08/2019

Revision of the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1

With effect from 05 August 2019, the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 was revised. The revised version contains a new risk classification for Ukraine, based on the available results for aflatoxin B1.

02/08/2019

Revision of the Feed Monitoring Guideline as of 1 August 2019

Due to a clarification, the Feed Monitoring Guideline was revised on 1 August 2019. The new version can now be viewed and downloaded from the Document Center on the QS website .

30/07/2019

QS at the ICoMST 2019

The 65th edition of the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) will take place in Potsdam/Berlin from 4 to 9 August 2019. This year, QS will be represented at the event for the first time with an information stand and will also act as a sponsor. At the QS stand, congress...

16/07/2019

QS random audits 2019 completely unannounced

This year's random sample audits for the system chains fruit, vegetables, potatoes as well as meat and meat products started at the beginning of this week. As in previous years, the implementation period will range from July to December. New this year is that for the first time all random sample...

04/07/2019

June 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

24/06/2019

Revision of the Feed Monitoring Guidelines as of 1 July 2019

The QS Advisory Board on Cattle and Pigs‘ last meeting decided to revise the Feed Monitoring Guideline and Annex 8.2 Table of Limit- and QS Guideline Values on 1 July 2019.

07/06/2019

May 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

29/05/2019

QS Laboratory Performance Assessment for Feed: 100 percent passed

High-quality and safe feed is crucial for an optimal nutrition of the animals. Feed is therefore also a particularly important part of the food value chain. The reliable work of the laboratories, which analyse feed for possible undesirable substances, is a decisive building block. In the QS...

15/05/2019

New issue of QS-Report Meat and Meat Products published

The new issue of the QS-Report Meat and Meat Products has been published fresh from the press and can be read and downloaded in the media catalog of the QS company website.

10/05/2019

April 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

18/04/2019

QS wishes a Happy Easter!

No more winter grey - now it's getting colorful again! Our whole team wishes you, your employees and your family a wonderful and relaxing Easter holiday with plenty of sunshine!

08/04/2019

March 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

25/03/2019

Base de datos QS: Criterios de seguridad más estrictos para la creación de...

QS ha reforzado las normas de seguridad para la creación de contraseñas en la plataforma de software QS y redefinido la política de contraseñas de acuerdo con las recomendaciones de la Oficina Federal Alemana de Seguridad de la Información (BSI por sus iniciales en alemán) .

25/03/2019

QS Database: Higher security standards for password creation

QS has tightened the security rules for password creation in the QS software platform and redefined the password policy according to the recommendations of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI for its initials in German) .

06/03/2019

February 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

05/03/2019

Additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 revised

With effect from 5 March 2019, the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 valid thus far is revised. In the revised version, a new classification of risk was made for Romania.

27/02/2019

Findings in poultry slaughtering extended

The QS Advisory Board for Poultry has decided to expand the report of diagnostic data in poultry slaughtering. The guideline Data collection in poultry slaughtering will be adapted with effect from 1 March 2019.

18/02/2019

Interactive world map: Current analysis results of the QS feed monitoring...

The interactive world map on the QS homepage for QS feed monitoring has been extended by the latest analysis results (period 07/2018 - 12/2018). The countries of origin Morocco and Norway are new, so that the map now contains the analysis results of 56 countries. In addition to a detailed...

15/02/2019

Fifth part of the QS series published in "Eurofruit"

As part of our media collaboration with the international magazine Eurofruit, the fifth and thus for the time being the last article about the QS requirements for companies in the fruit and vegetable sector has been published. In the current issue, we give an overview of the role of the...

05/02/2019

Januar 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

04/02/2019

Additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 revised

With effect from 1 February 2019, the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 valid thus far is revised. In the revised version, a new classification of risk was made for Slovakia.

23/01/2019

Feed sector - New supporting document in incident and crisis management...

QS has published a new supporting document for its scheme participants from the feed sector to support their incident and crisis management. This is intended to support companies in the event of an incident or crisis and provide assistance on necessary procedures and measures to be taken.

07/01/2019

December 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

20/12/2018

QS wishes a Merry Christmas!

The year 2018 is coming to an end and 2019 is already knocking on our doors! At this point we would like to thank you for the trusting and constructive cooperation in 2018!

17/12/2018

QS scheme manual of 2019 released

Since 17 December 2018, the guidelines valid as of 2019 can be viewed and downloaded on the QS website . In addition, the checklists for audits , which will be carried out from 1st January 2019, will also be available there.

05/12/2018

November 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

20/11/2018

QS Database – Optimised presentation of eligibility of delivery

The way the search results in the scheme participant search function of the QS database are presented, has been further optimised. From now on, the respective location’s eligibility of delivery, which appears in the search results, will be identified with the colours red and green.

19/11/2018

Storage of meat and meat products - QS eligibility of delivery required from...

At the end of 2018, the transitional period for the review of meat and meat products service providers will expire. Starting in 2019, companies that store QS meat and meat products on behalf of other companies must have a QS eligbility of delivery in the QS database.

15/11/2018

Third part of the QS series published in "Eurofruit"

As part of our media collaboration with the international magazine Eurofruit, the third of a total of five articles on the QS requirements for companies in the fruit and vegetable sector has been published. In the current issue, we give an overview of the benefits of QS certification for...

15/11/2018

Commenting Phase 2019 – Your opinion matters!

As every year, QS invites all scheme participants, auditors and other interested parties to take part in the commenting for the QS scheme manual. Between 15. and 22. November 2018, you have the opportunity of commenting the revised guidelines that become effective as of 1. January 2019.

14/11/2018

New issue of the QS-Report Meat and Meat Products pub-lished

The new issue of the QS-Report Meat and Meat Products has been published hot off the press and can now be read and downloaded in the media catalogue of the QS website.

08/11/2018

October 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

04/10/2018

September 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

18/09/2018

August 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

17/09/2018

Revision of the additional control plan for aflatoxin B1 has been revised

With effect from 17 September 2018, the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 has been revised. Based on existing weather data, on results of the new harvest as well as on gradings made in the past years at the beginning of the harvest, the revision has introduced new risk classifications for...

12/09/2018

QS Monitoring Report Feed has been released

The new issue of the QS Monitoring Report Feed not only shows the current results on residues in feed but also the development of the results over the last 5 years. In the meantime, the QS scheme can refer to an impressive database of 3.5 million analysis results. With stricter guidance, limit...

30/08/2018

Feed Magazine article: Safe feed - safe food

Safe feed is the basis for safe food. On this topic, Claudia Brill (coordination feed sector) and Katharina Clemens (management assistant) from QS have written an article for the international Feed Magazine, which has published in the current issue.

16/08/2018

Recognition with Fami-QS - Registration in QS-Database now possible

Fami-QS and QS have recently signed a mutual recognition agreement for the production and trade of additives and premixes, including particular feed material. With this, QS certified companies now have the possibility to deliver goods into the Fami-QS scheme based on their QS audit.

07/08/2018

Interactive world map for QS feed monitoring updated

How many samples have been taken within the QS feed monitoring in China? Did the analysed maize samples from Thailand show any abnormalities regarding Aflatoxin B1? How many feed samples from Spain tested for Salmonella were positive? The interactive world map for QS feed monitoring provides...

06/08/2018

Mutual recognition between QS and Fami-QS

QS and FAMI-QS have agreed upon a mutual recognition of audits. The bilateral agreement between the two scheme owners will apply as of 15-08-2018 and include the production and trade of additives premixtures including certain feed materials formerly legally categorized as feed additives. The...

02/08/2018

July 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

09/07/2018

June 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

02/07/2018

Revision of the guidelines Feed Sector and Feed Monitoring

In the course of our harmonization meetings with international scheme owners in the feed sector, amendments have been made in the Guidelines Feed Sector and Feed Monitoring. These guidelines have been revised effective 1 st July 2018, and can now be viewed and downloaded from the document...

25/06/2018

Additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 revised

With effect from 25 June 2018, the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 valid thus far is revised.

05/06/2018

May 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

08/05/2018

April 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

13/04/2018

QS internationally present

Of the approximately 200,000 QS scheme participants, who are currently participating in the QS scheme either directly or through the recognition of another standard, more than 30,000 are based outside of Germany. In order to ensure a consistent cross-border quality assurance of fresh meat and...

09/04/2018

Revision of Additional control plan Aflatoxin B1

The Additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 has been revised with effect from 6 March 2018.

06/04/2018

March 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

12/03/2018

QS Feed Monitoring: Interactive World Map has been updated

The interactive world map on the QS website has been enhanced with the latest QS feed monitoring analysis results and now includes the data for the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. Approximately 50,000 samples were collected and analyzed within the QS feed monitoring during...

08/03/2018

New: Combined checklist for processing

Due to the implementation of the new QS guideline Preparation/Processing Fruit, Vegetables and Potatoes in 2017 the scope of the QS scheme has been expanded by processed fruit, vegetables and potatoes. Until now for companies that process both meat and fruit, vegetables or potatoes, the...

05/03/2018

February 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

16/02/2018

Recording and reporting of diagnostic data pig adapted to practice

The QS advisory board for cattle and pigs has specified the requirements for recording and reporting of diagnostic data in pig slaughter and made them more practical. Therefore, the guidelines  Slaughtering/Deboning and Befunddaten in der Schweineschlachtung  (only available in German) were...

07/02/2018

January 2018 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

30/01/2018

Style Guide for the QS certification mark – revised version released

The Style Guide for the use of the QS certification mark was extended by revised regulations for the labelling of composed products with the QS certification mark. The updated version can be viewed and downloaded on the QS website as of now.

09/01/2018

December 2017 - Overview of new QS scheme participants

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.

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