FSSC 22000 Consultancy - Food Safety System Certification (Version 6)

FSSC 22000 is a combination of ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management System requirements), ISO/TS 22003-1 pre-requisite programs on food safety part-1 for food industries and packaging, and PAS 223 prerequisite for packaging and packaging materials. Since 2010, FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO standards. The GFSI is an organization committed to benchmarking food safety management schemes with an aim towards fostering a convergence between food safety standards. FSSC 22000 v6 launched in April 2023. The new version of the certification will bring significant changes which will impact food production companies.

FSSC 22000 v6 developed for the certification of food safety systems of organizations in the food chain that process or manufacture animal products, perishable vegetable products, products with a long shelf-life, (other) food ingredients like additives, vitamins, bio-cultures and food packaging material manufacturing.

FSSC 22000 v6 Certification

Punyam.com is the largest and the best consultant for FSSC 22000 certification in India. The FSSC 22000 certification (Version 6) includes step-by-step implementation of the food safety system within the food organizations, food safety training for awareness as well as auditing and preparing documentation for FSSC 22000 certification. The ISO FSSC 22000 (Version 6) Certificate is issued by globally recognized Certifying Body, which is accredited to provide certificate under the FSSC 22000. The FSSC 22000 certificate is issued for the period of 3 years after successful completion of pre-assessment and registration (final) assessment. Surveillance audits are conducted by the Certifying Body within the period of 3 years, at the intervals of 6 months, 9 months or 12 months depending upon the nature and size of the organization. Upon completion of 3 years, renewal audit is done for new 3 year- cycle. The minimum one surveillance audit will be unannounced audit.

For FSSC 22000 certification and other foods safety standard certification, Punyam is having a team of experienced food standard consultants who have implemented the food safety system for more than 100 satisfied clients across India.

Steps for FSSC 22000 Consultancy

Following are the key steps for FSSC 22000 Consultancy (Version 6) in India, which is followed by Punyam.com while implementation of food safety system for FSSC 22000 certification:

  • Micro-level survey of the existing system and submit gap analysis report.
  • Review findings for infrastructure changes to meet FSSC 22000 v6 requirements.
  • Conduct awareness program (top + middle + bottom level).
  • Form a steering committee and task-force for documentation.
  • Identify hazards, carry out hazard analysis, prepare HACCP plan and identify critical control points.
  • Define policy and establish objectives.
  • Prepare the FSSC 22000 documentation (version 6) for quick FSSC certification.
  • Implementation and training of all personnel in the use of procedures and templates.
  • Training to employees related to food safety hazards identification evaluation and control.
  • Train internal auditors for internal auditing of FSSC 22000.
  • Assess the system through first internal audit.
  • Take corrective actions for non-conformities.
  • Carry out management review meeting.
  • Apply for certification.
  • Final audit by certifying body.
  • Take corrective actions on the non-conformities to the satisfaction of the certifying body.
  • Get certified for FSSC 22000.

Benefits of FSSC 22000 v6 Certification

The food safety system as per FSSC 22000 version 6 standard provides following benefits to the organization.

  • FSSC 220000 improves the safety and quality of your product.
  • FSSC standard offers preventative approach to food safety.
  • Conformance to legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Systematic approach to meet the requirement for food safety.
  • The FSSC 22000 has ability to reduce the customer and third-party audit.
  • Increase in performance and profitability of the company.
  • Ability to differentiate the organization for competitive advantage.
  • Can help identify process improvements and reduced customer complaints.
  • Improves internal and external communications.

FSSC 22000 Certification (Version 6) Requirements

The FSSC 22000 standard is a combination of ISO 22000 and ISO 22002. Therefore, for FSSC 22000 certification, organizations need to meet below-mentioned specific FSSC 22000 requirements related to PRP:

  • Construction and layout of buildings
  • Layout of premises and workspace
  • Utilities — air, water, energy
  • Waste disposal
  • Equipment suitability, cleaning and maintenance
  • Management of purchased materials
  • Measures for prevention of cross-contamination
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Pest control
  • Personnel hygiene and facilities for employee
  • Rework
  • Product recall procedures
  • Warehousing
  • Product information and consumer awareness
  • Food defence, bio vigilance, and bioterrorism.

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