What is FSSC 22000 Certification?
FSSC 22000 is a new food safety certification scheme based on the existing internationally recognized standard ISO 22000. The FSSC 22000 Food Safety Management System provides a framework for effectively managing your organization’s food safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 demonstrates robust Food Safety Management System in place that meets the requirements of your customers and consumers.
About FSSC 22000 Certification
The FSSC System was designed to provide companies in the food industry with an ISO based FSMS certification. FSSC 22000 Certification provides worldwide recognition and acceptance by food manufacturers and retailers. The FSSC 22000 system uses a management systems approach to food safety, using ISO 22000 for the management system requirements and ISO Technical Standards. The food safety management system integrates nicely with other management systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
While the first editions of FSSC 22000 only applied to food manufacturers, the scope has been extended to only for packaging, through including the new technical specification users can able to provide pre-requisite program and design requirements for food safety in the manufacture and provision of food packaging. After words FSSC further expand the scope to manufacturers of animal feed in the future, and are ready for scopes for additional sectors in the food industry as soon as technical requirements are developed.
Key Areas that Keep in Mind while Implementing FSSC 22000 Systems
Identify, assess and control risks to food security that can be expected to occur in order to avoid harming the consumer directly or indirectly
- Communication for appropriate information through the food chain regarding safety issues related to the product
- Communicate information concerning development, implementation and updating of the food safety management system throughout the organization.
- Periodically evaluate and update, if necessary, the food safety management system to cover the actual activities of the company and the latest information on the risks of food safety.
- Development, implementation and certification of a food safety management system are a continuous journey of the independent audit representing one element of the process of total assessment.