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The Latest on the New Food Safety Certification Scheme

FS22000 defines in great detail how to implement food safety measures.

Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 06:30

During the last few years, food contamination recalls have brought the concept of global food safety to the forefront, leading to the establishment of new global food safety standards. Now more than ever, it is critical that any organization producing, handling, or distributing food products has a systematic, documented approach to identifying and controlling potential hazards.

The new food safety certification scheme FS22000 is approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and defines in great detail how to implement food safety measures (such as hygiene or pest control) as prerequisite programs. This approach is taken in addition to the systematic management approach of a management system standard such as “ISO 22000—Food safety management systems—Requirements for any organization in the food chain” from the International Organization for Standardization.

Until recently, FS22000 was known as FSSC 22000. The scheme’s Netherlands-based owner, the Foundation for Food Safety Systems Certification (FSSC), a nonprofit organization, is now allowing it to be referred to as FS22000 for ease of pronunciation; however, the official name of the standard has not changed. 

FS22000 is applicable to all food manufacturers that process or make:

Perishable animal products (i.e., meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, and fish products), excluding slaughtering and preslaughtering

Perishable vegetable products (i.e., packaged fresh fruits and fresh juices, preserved fruits, packaged fresh vegetables, preserved vegetables)

Products with long shelf life at ambient temperature (i.e., canned products, biscuits, snacks, oil, drinking water, beverages, pasta, flour, sugar, salt)

(Bio)chemical products for food manufacturing (i.e., vitamins, additives, and biocultures), excluding technical and technological aids

At this time, the FS22000 certification scheme is published and available for free download at www.fssc22000.com. Organizations already certified to ISO 22000 simply need to complete an additional audit to PAS 220—the publicly available specification (PAS) from the British Standards Institution (BSI) for prerequisite programs on food safety for food manufacturing—to meet the requirements of FS22000.

Intertek can perform audits to FS22000 globally, as the company has a collaboration contract with the FSSC and is accredited to ISO 22003.


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