The Food Safety System Certification standard is the latest certification scheme for food manufacturers. The scheme is based on the integration of ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management Systems standard and Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 220. Supported by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA), FSSC 22000 has been fully approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
FSSC 22000 has been developed for the certification of food safety systems of food manufacturers that process or manufacture animal products. This includes perishable vegetable products, products with a long shelf life and other food ingredients like additives, vitamins and bio-cultures, but does not include slaughtering and pre-slaughtering.
It is designed for food manufacturers who supply or intend to supply their products to major food retailers or major branded food companies.
Manufacturers that are already certified against the ISO 22000 standard will need only an additional review against the PAS 220 in order to meet the FSSC 22000 certification requirements.
Many food manufacturers are under pressure to meet various customer requirements, this can result in multiple audits and systems with the costs becoming onerous. FSSC 22000 has been approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and allows companies that achieve this certification to meet the requirements of various global retailers or major branded food companies under one, internationally recognized food safety management system.