FSSC 22000 gains full approval from GFSI

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, announced today that the FSSC 22000 scheme, managed by The Foundation for Food Safety Certification, based in the Netherlands has been given full recognition by the Global Food Safety Initiative Board of Directors. This follows an extensive benchmarking process using the requirements laid out in the GFSI Guidance Document Version 5, and an addendum which was issued in December 2009. Read the full press release of GFSI attached.

FSSC 22000 is a complete certification scheme for Food Safety Systems. It is based on the international standards ISO 22000 and PAS 220

The non-profit Foundation for Food Safety Certification retains the ownership of the FSSC scheme including the copyright and the license agreements for certification bodies. 

The FSSC 22000 certification scheme is maintained by the Board of Stakeholders of the Foundation. Within the Board the interests of all involved parties are represented. Hereby the Foundation aims to prepare a certification scheme, with a broad acceptance adding particular value to the relationship between the certified food organizations and those around it (the government, customers and suppliers). In order to achieve this, the Board consists of representatives of trade and industry, authorities and other interested parties. The Board complies with the requirements set by the accreditation bodies which are member of the IAF multilateral recognition agreement. 

This article has been issued by the GFSI, please visit their website www.fssc22000.com  for further information.