Bureau Veritas offers FSSC 22000 certification to the food manufacturing industry

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Bureau Veritas Certification is now able to provide the food manufacturing industry with FSSC 22000 certification. This scheme was approved in May 2009 by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an international organization of the biggest food catering service providers, retailers and manufacturers whose goal is to improve food safety and establish a common approach to food safety certification throughout the world. Currently GFSI approves 5 standards: Dutch HACCP, BRC, International Featured Standard Food, SQF 2000, and now FSSC 22000. Being certified to one of these schemes will allow a food manufacturer access to the huge and growing market of private label products in retail.

What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC stands for Food Safety System Certification and is a combination of two already well-established standards: ISO 22000 and PAS 220. In addition to the requirements of these standards, FSSC 22000 adds 3 extra requirements.

  • an inventory of applicable regulation
  • the written specifications of services that may impact food safety
  • the supervision of personnel in application of food safety principles

What are the steps toward FSSC 22000?

Before beginning the process toward certification, make sure that the market  or retailer you provide accepts the FSSC 22000 standard. Once this has been confirmed, your food safety system should be reworked according to the FSSC 22000 requirements and your facility may have to be improved according to PAS 220. We recommend a pre-audit that will provide you with a GAP list of major issues that need to be cleared before certification. Once a Stage 1 and Stage 2 audit are complete and any non conformances are cleared, the certificate is valid for 3 years with yearly surveillance visits.

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