The FSSC 22000 has now released its version 6 in March 2023. The first audits will begin on April 1st, 2024. 😊 Don’t panic!!! You still have time to migrate, and we are here to assist you while digitizing your QMS with QUALIPRO.
The FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification) is a food safety certification system recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as equivalent to private standards such as the BRC (British Retail Consortium) and the IFS (International Featured Standard).
The major changes from version 5.1 to version 6 are:
The organization’s management must establish, implement, and maintain a culture of food safety and quality, followed by one or more objectives within the management system including at least: Communication, training, feedback, and employee engagement. The objective(s) must be supported by a documented plan and integrated at the management review level.
The organization must conduct and document the analysis of threats related to food defense (Assess the risks of malicious acts, implement control measures, establish a Food Defense plan by classifying zones, and ensure that suppliers of category FII products have a Food Defense plan).
The organization must carry out and document the assessment of vulnerability to food fraud, based on a methodology (evaluate potential vulnerabilities, develop and implement appropriate mitigation measures for significant vulnerabilities, develop a documented plan, and keep it updated).
The organization must have a list of all allergens handled on site, including in raw materials and finished products, assess risks covering all potential sources of cross-contamination, identify and implement control measures to reduce or eliminate the risk, validate them, verify them, and raise awareness among staff about allergen risks.
The organization must have an environmental monitoring program, a documented procedure for assessing the effectiveness of all controls on the prevention of contamination of the manufacturing environment, and data from environmental monitoring activities, including regular trend analysis.
The organization must implement a risk assessment to determine the need and type of foreign object detection equipment required, a documented procedure for the management and use of the selected equipment, and controls for the management of foreign objects.
A continuous shelf-life verification process must be in place, at a frequency based on risk. Cooking instructions provided on the label or packaging of foods to be cooked must be validated.
Not to mention the requirements of the certification process…
It’s important to note that the Food Safety module of QUALIPRO meets all standards related to the agri-food industry, including FSSC 22000. QUALIPRO allows you, among other things, to complete your HACCP analysis in a fully digitized manner.