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LRQA Accredited to Certify Food-Safety Scheme

FSSC 22000 harmonizes certification requirements for food-service industry

Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 15:42

(LRQA: Coventry, UK) -- Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) has been accredited to certify companies to FSSC 22000, a complete certification scheme for food-safety management systems. Food safety is a global concern, not only because of the importance for public health, but also because of its effect on international trade. Effective and harmonized food-safety systems must manage and ensure the safety and suitability of food in each link of the supply chain.

“Across the food-supply chain, organizations are facing tougher stakeholder demands, rapidly changing business conditions, and increased competition,” says Cor Groenveld, LRQA’s global product manager for food services. “As a result, they are seeking more effective control of operations, improved performance, and better management of risk throughout their business. The FSSC 22000 accreditation is a further endorsement of LRQA’s competence, impartiality, and ability to add more value to organizations across the food sector.”

There is an increasing need for synchronized certification of food-safety systems to create confidence that all necessary measures have been taken to ensure food safety in previous links of the chain. As a result, FSSC 22000 has drawn the interest of more than a few blue-chip food-service companies, including Cargill, an internationally recognized provider of food, agricultural, and risk-management products and services.

“Having a single, trusted partner is important for Cargill,” says Mark Overland, Cargill’s director of global certification. “We are rolling out FSSC 22000 to more than 1,000 plants in 67 countries. We feel that having LRQA delivering a high level of consistency is the best approach to ensure that we are delivering on our promise to our customers.”

The scheme uses existing standards for certification (ISO 22000, PAS 220, and ISO 22003) and the certification will be accredited under ISO/IEC 17021—“Conformity assessment—Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.” Manufacturers that are already certified against ISO 22000 will only need an additional review against BSI-PAS 220 to meet this certification scheme.

Groenveld and LRQA will be hosting two webinars that focus on the most relevant issues for organizations throughout the food-supply chain. The first of these, “Safety in the Food-Supply Chain: Where Are We Now?” will be held Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. GMT. The second, “An Update on FSSC 22000” will be on March 24, again at 9 a.m. GMT. Both webinars will also be available on demand via www.lrqa.com.

LRQA is also a premium sponsor of one of the biggest events in the food-safety calendar, the Global Food Safety Conference 2011 scheduled for Feb. 16–18 in London. It will feature a presentation from Groenveld on the link between management systems and brand reputation.

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LRQA is a member of the Lloyd’s Register Group and an independent provider of business assurance services including certification, validation, verification, customized assurance and training. Serving more than 45,000 clients across more than 120 countries, LRQA Business Assurance helps companies manage their systems and risks to both improve and protect the current and future performance of their organization. Accredited by more than 45 independent accreditation bodies around the world, LRQA’s key services include ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, FSSC 22000, AS9100 and ISO 50001.