FSSC 22000 is a globally recognized food safety management system certification scheme. It is based on internationally accepted standards and is designed to ensure the safety and quality of food products throughout the entire supply chain. FSSC 22000 combines elements of ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management Systems) and specific prerequisite programs (PRPs) such as ISO/TS 22002-1 (Food Manufacturing) or PAS 223 (Packaging).
Here are the key features and components of FSSC 22000:
1. Scope: FSSC 22000 is applicable to organizations involved in food manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage, and distribution.
2. ISO 22000: FSSC 22000 incorporates the requirements of ISO 22000, which provides a framework for food safety management systems and covers essential elements such as hazard analysis, operational prerequisites, and the establishment of a Food Safety Management System (FSMS).
3. PRPs: FSSC 22000 requires the implementation of specific prerequisite programs (PRPs) that address key areas of food safety, such as personnel hygiene, sanitation, facility maintenance, and food safety training.
4. ISO/TS 22002-1 or PAS 223: FSSC 22000 requires the adoption of ISO/TS 22002-1 or PAS 223 as a prerequisite program. These standards provide detailed requirements for food manufacturing (ISO/TS 22002-1) or food packaging (PAS 223) processes.
5. Additional requirements: FSSC 22000 includes additional requirements specific to the scheme, including requirements related to food fraud prevention, allergen management, and food defense.
6. Certification process: To achieve FSSC 22000 certification, organizations must undergo an audit by an accredited certification body. The audit assesses the organization's compliance with the FSSC 22000 requirements, including the implementation of a documented FSMS, adherence to PRPs, and conformance to ISO 22000 and the chosen PRP standard.
7. Continuous improvement: FSSC 22000 emphasizes the importance of continual improvement in food safety management. Certified organizations are expected to monitor performance, conduct internal audits, and implement corrective actions to address non-conformities and improve their food safety processes.
FSSC 22000 certification provides credibility and assurance to customers and stakeholders that an organization has implemented robust food safety management practices. It helps organizations demonstrate their commitment to food safety and enhances their competitiveness in the food industry.