Major food manufacturers, distributors and food retailers are now sourcing suppliers from distant locations. To lessen the risk of a high-profile food safety incident, companies in the food industry are adapting Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards.
GFSI recognizes a number of Food Safety Management Systems Certification programs, based on the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system, including:
• Safety Quality Food (SQF)
• Food Safety Systems Certification (FSSC) 22000 and ISO 22000
• British Retail Consortium (BRC)
If you want to sell food products to major corporations, you must meet international food safety standards. Only suppliers obtaining third-party certification to a GFSI standard can give buyers objective proof of their food-product’s safety.
When your organization achieves certification to a GFSI-accepted standard, you will gain your potential customers’ trust. All large buyers in the food industry demand some type of certification. If you want to remain competitive in this industry, you must obtain and maintain certification.
NEW ISO 22000:2018 FOR FOOD SAFETY RELEASED
On 19 June 2018, the revised version of ISO 22000 for food safety management systems was published. This started the transition phase for ISO 22000 certified companies. Within the next three years, companies must now switch to the new standard.
What has changed?
Introduction of the high-level structure with the aim of simplifying the interaction with other standards (As seen in ISO 9001, 14001, etc.).
Risk-based approach: The approach to understanding risks has been changed.
Two different PDCA cycles are used: one covers the management system at the organizational level (context, competences, etc.) and the other covers the principles of HACCP at the operational level (hazard analysis).
The Operations Process: There is a clear description of the differences between critical control points (CCPs), operational prerequisite programs (OPRPs), and prerequisite programs (PRPs). This is where the concept of action criteria is introduced. These make preventive programs measurable and manageable. If these criteria are not or only partially met, this could have an impact on the safety of the products and the company must act.
Validation, monitoring and verification are now clearly separated. Validation will determine, before the introduction of a new process, whether the planned measures are appropriate. Monitoring takes place during production. Verification then verifies that the measures introduced have been successful.
JJK Consulting ISO 22000:2018 Expert Team
Companies are therefore well advised to study the regulations in depth, to evaluate what this entails for their company, for new and existing products on the market, to evaluate readiness for transition readiness, to provide training and information to employees, and to tackle the implementation of the new requirements. The result of the newly introduced requirements, sign can prompt extra effort, especially for small and medium-sized companies in the food industry.
Our experienced team of food-standards consultants will prepare your company to meet the most recognized food safety and quality standards.
JJK Consulting has created an ISO 22000:2018 team of experts to help clients manage the requirement changes. Our expert team can answer all questions around the new ISO 22000:2018.
Our team can help you through the entire process of implementing a food safety program based on the new revised ISO 22000:2018 standard to comply with this international standards. We work with companies just starting to develop a food safety system and established organizations needing compliance assistance.
Our consultants will
• Assist you determining the best audit scheme for you
• Assess your current food safety process against your target scheme
• Help you develop and implement a safety program meeting your target standard
• Guide you through the certification process
Our food standards consultants have provided auditing and BRC-FSSC-SQF Consulting services to the most prestigious companies in the world for decades including Nestle and Coca Cola.
Our professionals have successfully guided clients through food-standards certification countless times. As a team, we know what to expect. With our experience, our clients get fully prepared and there are no surprises at audit time.
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