Introduction The new FSSC 22000 (Food Safety Certification 22000) scheme has been developed for food companies that manufacture or process perishable vegetal or animal products, products that have a long shelf life and ingredients such as vitamins additives and bio-cultures. FSSC 22000 is a complete certification scheme that is based on PAS 22, a standard developed to address safety in ingredient manufacturers and food product and ISO 22000, the global food safety management system standard (Surak 2007). Development of FSSC 22000When ISO 22000 scheme was reviewed by the GFSI for consideration of acceptance into its list of recognized standards ( which include IFS, BRS, Dutch HACCP and SQF) these standards were not seen to cover into detail the pre-requite programs that is required to cover specific food safety concerns for certain food manufacturers.
This made PAS 220 to be developed and to be used in conjunction with ISO 22000, which covered those safety programs that are not included within the ISO 22000 safety standard (International Food Safety & Quality Network 2009). The second requirement for this standard to be accepted within the GFSI program was that the this safety standard should have a its owner (Surak 2007).
It was for these reasons why FSSC was developed to manage the certification and the accreditation activities of the FSSC 22000 safety standard along with its acceptance into the GFSI safety program. Those companies or manufacturers already with ISO 22000 safety certificates are only needed to be analyzed against the PAS 220 to enable them be certified to the FSSC 22000 safety standards. Companies not certified to ISO 22000 will require a gap analysis to determine their most practical route to FSSC 22000 certification (International Food Safety & Quality Network 2009).
Difference between FSSC 22000 and ISO 22000 The FSSC 22000 scheme and ISO 22000 schemes differ slightly. FSSC 22000 safety standards apply only to food manufacturers, while an ISO 22000 safety standard applies to all companies in the food chain. The FSSC 22000 safety standard requirements are made up of the PAS 220:2008 and ISO 22000:2005 standard (Surak 2007). Reasons for formation of FSSC 22000 The establishment of FSSC 22000 safety standard was as a results of string of food contamination incidents at end of the 90’s that saw a straining in trust in companies that manufacture food by leading retailers around the world, who increasingly encouraged and pushed for the establishment of private certification safety standard schemes to manage the supply chain in food manufacturing industry (International Food Safety & Quality Network 2009).
ReferencesInternational Food Safety & Quality Network (2009). FSSC 22000 food safety management system. London: International Food Safety & Quality Network. Surak, John G. "A Recipe for Safe Food: ISO 22000 and HACCP".
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