FSSC 22000 is a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Certification Scheme
The FSSC 22000 System was designed to provide companies in the food industry with an ISO-based food safety management system certification that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Recognition by GFSI provides worldwide recognition and acceptance by food manufacturers and retailers. FSSC 22000 defines requirements for integrated processes that work together to control and minimize food safety hazards.
FSSC 22000 Is an ISO based Food Safety Management System and it integrates nicely with other ISO based management systems including ISO 9001, ISO 14000 and others.
First and foremost, building an FSSC System will provide your company with effective management of food safety hazards by creating an environment capable of producing safe product and a management system to continually manage, monitor, validate and improve the system.
Statistics show that approximately 1 out of 4 certified companies are asking their suppliers to achieve certification. Chances are that if you have not been asked yet, you will be asked in the near future. Starting on your certification can help you stay competitive and qualified to work with your current customers.
Large retailers and multinational manufacturers or processors are also demanding certification of their suppliers. Having FSSC Certification means you are qualified to supply these organizations or their suppliers, opening up a large market for your products.
Countries across the globe are making changes to food safety regulations, including the United States and its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSSC prepares your organization to meet many or most of the FSMA requirements.
Becoming certified to FSSC can increase your market opportunities, increase your customer's confidence in your food safety practices and improve your internal processes to ensure safe product.