Food Safety Audits for the Packaging Industry


Audits play a key role in verifying proper food safety practices at packaging and packaging material manufacturing plants. Audit report data is used to help select suppliers, demonstrate due diligence for customers and validate internal policies and procedures.

NSF performs thousands of food safety audits every year, and has earned a reputation for thorough, non-biased and accurate auditing, and actionable audit reports. We offer several types of audits to industry-established criteria, retailer-specific requirements or fully customized criteria.

Our nearly 70 years of food safety experience, best-in-class auditor training and global auditor network make us the ideal choice for your packaging industry audits.

To learn more about NSF audits for the packaging industry, or to develop customized audit criteria, contact us at +1 877.893.1325 or email


NSF offers various food safety audits, each with a slightly different focus. The common thread, however, is quality food safety practices and policies.

In addition to audits for GFSI certification, we perform these audits for the packaging industry:

  • NSF Supplier Assurance Audit – Formerly known as the NSF Cook & Thurber audit, the NSF Supplier Assurance audit is an industry-leading food safety audit to NSF-established criteria based on best industry practices. Our team provides consistent and thorough audits to established NSF Expectation Guidelines, or can tailor audits to your specific needs.
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  • Animal Welfare Audit - A growing number of food retailers and manufacturers have implemented requirements for their suppliers to abide by animal welfare standards throughout the supply chain. Our audits measure a producer’s or packer’s level of compliance with animal welfare standards.
  • Food Defense Audit - Consumer confidence is of critical importance to the food supply chain. We perform food defense audits to ensure that food packaging plants are efficiently managing several critical areas including documentation, traceability, crisis management, staff training and building security.
Why Work With NSF?

If you’re looking for the most thorough and actionable food safety audits for your packaging and packaging materials facilities, look to NSF International.

Packaging is one of NSF’s specialty areas in the food safety supply chain. We are the most experienced audit firm in this sector and have been integrally involved with GFSI recognized standards for packaging since their inception in 2001.

NSF Auditors: Best in Class

The breadth and depth of NSF’s audit team is unparalleled. We select auditors with legitimate food auditing experience and put them through a rigorous training regimen that includes extensive classroom training, shadow audits and close supervisory oversight until auditors are fully trained. To ensure reliable and consistent audit results, we developed a best-in-class auditor calibration program.

Global Reach

NSF has hundreds of auditors in its global network who can provide comprehensive food safety audits to packaging and packaging materials plants across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

With our technical expertise, operational excellence and worldwide auditor network, our auditing services are unmatched.