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FSSC 22000

GFSI- Level Food Safety Certification
Bernadette Goldstein, Sales and Marketing Managerphone icon510.452.6825 Email

Demonstrate your commitment to food safety with FSSC 22000, a complete Food Safety Management Systems Certification Scheme for food manufacturers. FSSC 22000 is GFSI-benchmarked and is based on ISO 22000, ISO 22000:2005 and ISO/TS 22003:2013 standards. The robust framework addresses food safety risk management across the entire supply chain. Getting certified to this scheme assures supply of safe food to retailers and consumers by meeting their requirements.

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FSSC 22000 is applicable to organizations of all sizes in the food and feed supply chain. This includes food manufacturers, food ingredient manufacturers, feed and animal products manufacturers and food packaging material manufacturers.

  1. Apply for Auditing

    Fill out an SCS Application form. SCS will return a proposal for your approval with suggested scope of work, timeline and quote.

  2. Certification Audit

    An audit of your operation is carried out to ensure that your operation complies with the FSSC 22000 Standard. A team meeting is required at the beginning and the end of the audit. At the conclusion of the audit, the auditor explains the audit results, including any non-conformities.

  3. Reporting

    SCS produces a report detailing the outcome of the audit. Identified non-conformities must be addressed and evidence of correction provided to SCS within 30 days.

  4. Make Certification Decision

    SCS conducts a final technical review of the audit report and Corrective Action documentation and makes the final certification decision. If certification is granted, SCS issues the certificate and final report to the facility/operation.

  5. Recertification

    Annual evaluation is required to maintain FSSC 22000 certification status.


Benefits of certification through SCS:

  • Limit Risk - Minimize the potential for food safety incidents and recalls.
  • Competitive Edge - Provide assure to customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled in accordance with rigorous standards.
  • Improvement over Time - Demonstrate continual improvements to quality and safety processes.
  • Become a Preferred Supplier - Many retailers require FSSC 2200 certification for their manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Professional Service - SCS is known for our thorough, timely audits.
  • Combined services - Take advantage of our broad food and agriculture certification expertise, from safety to sustainability, to earn recognition for multiple achievements most cost-effectively.

Some of the questions and answers below are excerpted from the FSSC 22000 website.

What is FSSC 22000 Certification?

FSSC 22000 is a complete food safety management certification scheme for food manufacturers, that is based on ISO 22000 standards and is recognized by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). FSSC 22000 assures food safety in your organization and throughout the supply chain.

What are the benefits of FSSC 22000 certification?

FSSC 22000 certification enables manufacturers to focus their food safety efforts on scientific and technical advances, and their audit resources on continuous improvement. The scheme is based on ISO 22000 standards which provides global recognition and credibility. FSSC 22000 is also recognized by GFSI.

What is the difference between FSSC 22000 and ISO 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a GFSI level certification scheme that covers ISO 22000 and additional requirements such as Pre-requisite Programs and traceability . FSSC is also limited in scope which includes food manufacturing, food ingredients, manufacturing of feed and animal products and food packaging material manufacturing. ISO 22000 is not recognized by GFSI and is broader in scope.

What type of businesses will benefit from the FSSC 22000 certification?

This certification is applicable to food manufacturers, food processors, feed manufacturers and food packaging material manufacturers.

What are the differences between FSSC 22000 and other GFSI recognized schemes?

  • FSSC 22000 uses international, independent ISO standards and additional requirements. The standards are developed and maintained by food safety experts in the ISO committee. Most other GFSI recognized schemes are owner by a specific stakeholder organization.
  • FSSC 22000 is a management system certification scheme. Most GFSI recognized schemes are process / product certification schemes. This means a significant difference in the audit approach.

How do I prepare for my audit?

Senior management to provide adequate financial and employee resources. Read the standard to understand the requirements. Establish a food safety team. Setting food safety objectives with key performance indicators. Write Food Safety Management System Manual (with policies), Procedures, Work Instructions, and Forms, Maintain Records.

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