What is FSSC 22000 –Food Safety System
Certification (FSSC) Certification?
In this world of a growing
population, the need for affordable, safe, and good quality products is rising.
Furthermore, there is more awareness of customers for these products to be
produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way. To answer this
need, Foundation FSSC provides a trusted brand assurance platform to the
consumer goods industry and offers a
complete certification Scheme FSSC 22000 for the auditing and certification of Food
Safety Management Systems (FSMS).
FSSC 22000 provides a
framework for effectively managing an organization’s food safety
responsibilities. The FSSC 22000 scheme contains ISO 22000 as one of the
requirement standard along with additional requirements defined by FSSC ,
including universal procedures used to control the operating conditions in food
factories and the specific requirements of the FSSC to ensure consistency,
integrity and management of the system itself.
Why FSSC 22000 certification is important?
FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety
Initiative (GFSI) and this GFSI recognition demonstrates that the FSSC 22000
scheme meets the highest standards globally leading to international food
industry acceptance. This is because many companies require that their
suppliers be certified to a GFSI recognized standard like FSSC 22000, whereas ISO
22000 is not recognized by GFSI.
What are the benefits of FSSC 22000 certification?
- Internal reccoginzation as approved by GFSI
- Organization details are posted in GFSI
website which fetches more international business opportunities.
- Build stakeholder engagement and brand
- Identifies and prevents hazards from
- Identify, manage and
mitigate food safety risks.
- Reduce and eliminate product
recalls and litigation
- A preventative approach to food safety
- Reduces the need for, and the cost of end
- Provides evidence of due diligence
- Enhances customer satisfaction and reduces
- Facilitates better understanding of food
safety issues throughout the organization.
Who can acquire FSSC
22000 certification is applicable for any food related organizations who wish
to be a certified member of GFSI. The organizations may belong to whole food
supply chain, from growers , producers to processors , packaging, transport,
and point of sale. It extends to suppliers of non-food products and services,
like cleaning and equipment manufacturers, and can be used by organizations of
This FSSC 22000, can be implemented and certified
by any organization directly or indirectly involved in the food chain
including- Farms, Fisheries and Dairies, Processors of Meats, Fish and Feed, including
Manufacturers of soups, snacks, bread, cereal, beverages, canned and frozen
food, etc as well as food service providers such as restaurants, fast food
chains, and hotels.