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FSSC 22000 | Food Safety Management

Certification standard

Food safety is a growing concern and impacts both consumers and businesses worldwide. While much of the world’s food supply is safe, high profile cases regularly underline the potential danger of food-borne threats to consumers. From tainted dairy products to contaminated beef, food scares and recalls have been ever-present over the past decades.

Food related diseases affect tens of millions of people and cause billions in healthcare-related and industry costs annually. The globalization of the food supply and consolidation in the food retail industry have resulted in the demand for an internationally recognized standard of food safety management.

Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is the certification scheme for Food Safety Management Systems using the international and independent standards ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs, like ISO 22002-1, which were developed through a wide and open consultation with a large number of related organizations. Also additional scheme requirements are taken up. These additional requirements can be found in the FSSC scheme documents that can be free downloaded from www.fssc22000.com.

The FSSC 22000 Scheme is managed by the independent Foundation FSSC 22000. FSSC 22000 is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and developed in response to the needs of the international food sector. FSSC 22000 is fully based on the international, independent standards: ISO 22000, ISO 22003 with sector specific technical specifications for Prerequisite Programs (PRPs), like ISO/TS 22002 and additional Scheme requirements. These additional requirements can be found in the FSSC scheme documents that can be free downloaded from www.fssc22000.com. At present, the Scheme covers seven scopes, click HERE to find out more.

The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification provides a framework for effectively managing food safety and quality responsibilities. FSSC 22000 demonstrates a company has a robust and effective food safety management system (FSMS) in place to meet the requirements of regulators, food business clients and consumers.

Third party certification means that an independent organization has reviewed the processes of a company and has independently determined that the management system complies with specific standards for food safety and/or quality. Certification against a leading internationally recognized management scheme reduces information asymmetries in supply chains, thereby generating a uniformly high and globally understood standard of food processing and production.