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FSSC 22000

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FSSC 22000 Certification Protocol

FSSC 22000 Certification Protocol For food processing companies as well as companies that manufacture food packaging, the ability to prove that their products are safe and secure is vital. They therefore have every interest in obtaining the relevant certification. The FSSC 22000 (FSSC: Food Safety System Certification) international certification protocol meets this need by allowing companies in the agri-food sector that process food or manufacture food packaging to obtain recognized certification. The protocol guarantees that these companies have an adequate and effective food safety system that generates safe products. Accordingly, the protocol is based on standards such as ISO 22000, ISO/TS 22002-1 and and ISO/TS 22002-4.

The FSSC 22000 protocol is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). It was created by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification, its owner and copyright holder. Incidentally, certification agencies like the BNQ that issue certifications under this certification protocol are required to obtain a license from the Foundation.

Furthermore, for FSSC 22000 certification purposes, the BNQ is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The certificates issued to companies that obtain FSSC 22000 certification through the BNQ therefore gain international recognition through the SCC and the FSSC 22000 Foundation.

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Certification Offer

fssc 22000All companies that process or manufacture perishable animal- or plant-based food products, long-lasting foodstuffs, food ingredients and food packaging may apply to the BNQ for certification under the FSSC 22000 protocol. This certification involves issuing recognized food or packaging safety certificates to meet the requirements of food processor clients, particularly food retailers. It also proves that the company that obtained it has implemented safety management methods for the food or packaging products it manufactures. Companies that have their HACCP or ISO 22000 certification already can simply implement a few additional steps and undergo an FSSC 22000 audit to obtain their certification. Other companies must establish a food product or packaging safety system conforming to the protocol, and prove their compliance during an on-site documentary review procedure, the first step in the process, and a certification audit, the second step. In each case, companies must be audited annually following their certification. During the annual audits, certified companies must show their willingness to constantly improve food product safety and the conformity of their FSSC 22000 system. The requirements to be met primarily concern the management procedures involved in an ISO 22000 system, food or packaging product safety hazard control measures, and prerequisite programs, including premises, equipment, cleaning and sanitation, pest control, good sanitary practices, storage, etc.

This certification program is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

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Francine Girard
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