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FSSC 22000


In the intricate world of food production and supply, safety standards play a pivotal role in ensuring consumer trust and regulatory compliance. Among these standards, the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 stands out as a comprehensive, robust framework designed to enhance and ensure food safety. This globally recognised certification scheme is particularly critical for companies operating at various stages of the food supply chain.

The FSSC 22000 is a food safety certification scheme based on the integration of ISO 22000 standards, sector-specific Pre-Requisite Programs (PRPs), and additional FSSC requirements. It provides a complete certification model for the auditing and certification of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), catering to the entire food supply chain from farm to fork.

The FSSC 22000 standard is structured around several key elements that together form a comprehensive approach to managing food safety:

  • ISO 22000:2018: At its core, FSSC 22000 utilises the ISO 22000 standard, which defines the requirements for a FSMS. This includes systematic management of organisational processes, continual improvement, and adherence to statutory and regulatory food safety requirements.
  • Sector-Specific PRPs: The standard requires the implementation of sector-specific PRPs, which are critical for managing the operational conditions within a food production environment. These help in controlling the likelihood of food safety hazards.
  • Additional FSSC Requirements: This includes elements such as food defence, food fraud prevention, and the management of allergens—areas not fully covered by ISO 22000.
  • Continual Improvement: FSSC 22000 emphasises the importance of feedback mechanisms and continuous system assessment to enhance the effectiveness of the FSMS.

FSSC 22000 (Version 6) was published on the 1st of April 2024 and applies internationally.

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Does FSSC 22000 affect my business?

Adopting FSSC 22000 has a myriad of impacts on businesses within the food industry, including:

  • Enhanced Food Safety: The standard provides a framework to identify, evaluate, and control food safety hazards, leading to safer products for the end consumer.
  • Global Recognition: Certification is recognised globally and often required by international retailers and manufacturers in the food industry, thus facilitating easier access to global markets.
  • Regulatory Compliance: It helps businesses meet the requirements of global food safety regulations, thereby minimising the risk of legal issues and penalties.
  • Improved Business Processes: Implementing FSSC 22000 encourages businesses to adopt rigorous food safety practices and improve operational efficiencies.
  • Consumer Confidence: Certification reassures consumers about the safety of food products, enhancing brand reputation and consumer trust.

By adhering to its comprehensive requirements, businesses can significantly mitigate risks associated with food safety, thereby safeguarding consumer health and enhancing business integrity. As food safety regulations continue to evolve and consumer expectations grow, achieving FSSC 22000 certification will become increasingly important for businesses aiming to maintain competitive advantage and ensure long-term success in the global marketplace.

Do I need FSSC 22000 in my ISO Compliance Register?

FSSC 22000 is applicable to a wide range of businesses within the food sector, including but not limited to:

  • Food Manufacturing: Factories and companies involved in the processing and production of food items.
  • Agriculture: Farming businesses that produce raw food materials.
  • Animal Feed Production: Companies producing feed for livestock and poultry.
  • Food Packaging Manufacturing: Businesses involved in producing packaging materials that come into direct contact with food.
  • Catering and Retail: Services that prepare and sell food directly to the final consumer.

If your business is included above then we strongly recommend adding FSSC 22000 to your ISO Compliance Register.

Legislation and standards related to FSSC 22000

Legislation and standards related to FSSC 22000 include:

  • ISO 22000
  • The Food Information Regulations 2014
  • The Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006
  • The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013

More information

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