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How Food Safety Management System Certification Can Boost Your Business

Introduction

In today’s globalized food industry, food safety is more than a legal obligation. It is a moral duty and a competitive advantage. In a world where consumers are increasingly aware and demanding the quality and origin of the food they eat; food businesses need to demonstrate their commitment to food safety and sustainability. One of the most effective ways to do so is by achieving certification against internationally recognized food safety management system standards.

In this article, we will delve into the various food safety management system certification standards, highlighting their importance and benefits in safeguarding public health and promoting consumer confidence.

Food Safety Management Systems: Why they’re a Big Deal: 

Food safety continues to be a primary consumer concern, even as the focus on other product characteristics is rising. Incorporating a food or feed safety management system puts you ahead by changing your company’s approach from a reactive to a proactive way of thinking. Food safety management systems are comprehensive frameworks designed to identify, prevent, and mitigate food safety hazards throughout the food production process. These systems encompass various elements, including good manufacturing practices (GMPs), hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), sanitation procedures, and traceability measures. By implementing robust FSMS, food businesses can proactively manage risks and uphold the highest standards of food safety.

Unlocking the advantages of certifying your Food Safety Management System:

Achieving certification against food safety management system standards offers numerous benefits for food businesses, including:

Enhanced Food Safety: Certification ensures that food safety hazards are systematically identified, controlled, and monitored, reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses and product recalls.

Regulatory Compliance: Certification demonstrates compliance with regulatory requirements and industry best practices, helping businesses navigate complex food safety regulations more effectively.

Market Access and Consumer Confidence: Certification enhances market access by meeting the food safety expectations of customers, retailers, and regulatory authorities. It builds trust and confidence among consumers, leading to increased brand reputation and competitiveness.

Continuous Improvement: Certification encourages a culture of continuous improvement within organizations, driving operational efficiencies, and minimizing waste.

Overview of Food Safety Management System Certification Standards:

There are several internationally recognized food safety management system certification standards, each tailored to specific industry sectors and regulatory requirements. Some of the most prominent standards include:

ISO 22000 : Enhancing Food Safety Management

The ISO 22000 is a globally recognized standard for food safety management systems. It provides a framework for organizations to establish, implement, maintain, and continually improve their FSMS. ISO 22000 incorporates the principles of HACCP and emphasizes a systematic approach to food safety management. It helps to improve the quality of your food safety management system and consistently meet customer expectations of food safety and risk recognition. ISO 22000 applies to all organizations directly or indirectly involved in the food value chain. This includes producers of packaging or detergents, suppliers of cleaning services, pest control, or industrial laundry services.

FSSC 22000 : Comprehensive Risk Management Framework

The Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 is a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognized certification scheme based on ISO 22000 and additional requirements. FSSC 22000 is particularly popular in the food manufacturing and processing sectors, offering a comprehensive framework for managing food safety risks. It specifically targets the food, feed, and packaging manufacturing sectors as well as the storage and distribution, catering, and retail/ wholesale sectors.

FSSC 22000 provides a certification scheme that ensures a robust food safety management system to control food safety hazards, minimize risks, and ensure safe food production. Reliability in delivering safe food contributes to consumer trust and, eventually, consumer loyalty.

BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety : Setting Benchmarks in Hygiene and Safety

A set of standards developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) that outline stringent requirements for food safety management systems, hygiene practices, and factory environment standards. BRCGS certification is widely accepted by retailers and food service organizations worldwide, signifying adherence to robust safety protocols. BRCGS offers standards for food safety, gluten-free, packaging, storage and distribution, and sustainability.

Global G.A.P : Ensuring Sustainability in Agriculture

Specifically designed for farms, GlobalG.A.P is the globally recognized standard by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The Integrated Farm Assurance – Plant standard provides specific requirements for a farm management system that will enhance your ability to consistently deliver products that meet customer, statutory, and regulatory demands. Certification to GlobalG.A.P IFA Plants demonstrates your commitment to good farming practices, including the production and marketing of safe food while protecting scarce resources. It implies continual improvement to meet customer requirements and build a sustainable performance.

Fisheries Standards : Promoting Sustainable Seafood Practices

Seafood is the world’s most important renewable food source. Healthy oceans are essential for thriving marine ecosystems, livelihoods, and economies around the world. Amidst growing concerns over environmental impact and product origin, fisheries standards like MSC and ASC play crucial roles. Whether certifying the sustainability of fishing practices or ensuring traceability and integrity throughout the supply chain, these standards contribute to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and meeting consumer expectations for responsibly sourced seafood.

Sustainability Certifications : Promoting Ethical Sourcing

A set of certifications that promote ethical sourcing and environmental and social responsibility across various supply chains. Sustainability certifications include Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), ISCC, and FSC® chain of custody certification, which certify the sustainable production and use of palm oil, biomass, and wood products, respectively. By certifying adherence to sustainable practices, businesses build consumer confidence and demonstrate their commitment to environmental and social responsibility across various supply chains.

How to choose the right Food Safety Management System Standard for your business?

The choice of the right food safety management system standard for your business depends on several factors, such as:

– Your industry sector and product category

– Your customer and market requirements

– Your regulatory and legal obligations

– Your business objectives and strategy

– Your available resources and capabilities

To help you make an informed decision, you can consult with a reputable certification body that has the expertise and experience in food safety management system certification. A certification body can guide you through the process of selecting, implementing, and maintaining the most suitable standard for your business.

How do I prepare for accredited certification?

After having decided on the management system you wish to implement, there are certain steps to get you started. Some simple tips have proven invaluable to companies seeking certification. As you set out, keep these in mind:

– Make sure you begin the process with the right attitude.

– Have a complete understanding of the concept outlined in the standard and use it as a guide to define your management system.

– Know what the application and implications of the standard will mean to your company.

– Use the standard as a tool for improvement.

– Have an understanding of the risks and processes that affect your organization’s ability to realize its business strategy.

– Select your partner (certification body/registrar) carefully.

Key takeaway :

In conclusion, food safety management system certification standards play a crucial role in ensuring the safety, quality, and integrity of food products. By adhering to internationally recognized standards such as ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, BRCGS, and GlobalG.A.P, etc. food businesses can mitigate risks, comply with regulatory requirements, and earn the trust of consumers and stakeholders. Investing in robust food safety management systems is not only a legal obligation but also a strategic imperative for long-term success in the competitive food industry.

Why DNV?

As one of the world’s leading certification bodies, DNV helps food & and beverage companies worldwide achieve excellence in food safety and quality, environmental management, supply chain management, and overall sustainability. Through certification & and training, we help you assure safe and sustainable food for consumers everywhere. 

DNV’s digitally enabled certification services to help customers manage risks and continually improve. Whether tackling quality, environmental, safety, or security challenges, DNV combines technical, industry, and risk management expertise to build confidence, continuity, and resilience. DNV enables its customers and their stakeholders to make critical decisions with confidence.

Driven by its purpose, to safeguard life, property, and the environment, DNV helps tackle the challenges and global transformations facing its customers and the world today and is a trusted voice for many of the world’s most successful and forward-thinking companies.

As we navigate the complexities of food safety in an ever-evolving landscape, let’s engage in meaningful dialogue and collaboration to drive positive change. Together, we can create a safer, more sustainable food system for generations to come.

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