QS: Quality Assurance from Farm to Shop
QS is a quality assurance scheme for foodstuffs, that takes into account all steps in the entire food supply chain. Because of its holistic approach, the QS certification mark increases food safety and inspires trust.
The QS logo has rapidly established itself as a sign of safety and reliability, and consumers can now find it on a wide range of products, including beef, pork, and poultry, as well as fruit, vegetables, and potatoes.
Foodstuffs only bear the QS certification mark if all parties in the entire chain of production and distribution comply with the QS requirements. This includes the quality of the animal feed, the processing of meat, fruit, and vegetables, and the retail and sale of the final product.
DQS CFS is an approved certification body for the supply chains of meat and meat products, as well as for fruit, vegetables, and potatoes.
- Increases consumer trust
- Increased safety and hygiene across the supply chain
- Full traceability of products
- Efficient identification and control of possible risks
What is specific to a QS assessment is that any non-conformities will be separated into three categories, which then specify the assessment intervals. After the assessment, the organization receives action plans with the non-conformities, if any. DQS decides on the success of the certification. The organization receives a report and its certificate and needs to work through the non-conformities within a specified period of time.
Synergies can be realized when assessing an integrated management system according to various standards at the same time.
FAMI QS – Feed Additives and Premixtures
FAMI-QS is designed for organizations that manufacture feed additives and/or supply individual components to the feed industry.
FAMI-QS is the feed additive and premixture manufacturers’ reaction to the European Regulation (EC) 183/2005 on feed hygiene. The standard represents a European system for Good Manufacturing Practice in feed safety. Its application is designed to guarantee safety and good hygienic conditions throughout the entire food production chain, to include all components. The assessment provides manufacturers of feed components and suppliers from third world countries with an opportunity to demonstrate the safety of their processes and their conformity with the requirements of FAMI-QS.
Benefits for your organization:
- Fulfillment of the requirements of FAMI-QS and safeguarding of corresponding markets
- Improved confidence of customers and retailers in the organization’s ability to perform
- Integration of state-of-the-art procedures in respect of hazard analysis, risk appraisal, and preventive strategies into the existing management system
- Increased product safety and reduced risk of product liability
Food Safety System Certification 22000
Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is a robust, ISO-based, internationally accepted certification scheme for auditing and certification of food safety in the whole supply chain. FSSC 22000 uses the existing standards ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs, which were developed through a wide and open consultation with a large number of related organizations. ISO 22000 certified manufacturers can obtain full GFSI accepted FSSC 22000 certification by meeting the requirements of technical specifications for sector PRPs and the additional scheme requirements.
DQS group is one of the leading certification bodies for management systems and sustainability standards and your natural partner for FSSC 22000 certification. With smooth audit planning, experienced auditors and in-depth audit reports, we will accompany you throughout the entire certification process.
DQS, with more than 25 years expertise, supports their clients in:
- Seminars and training
- Gap audits
To receive individual information about FSSC 22000, please contact our office.
Good Trading Practice: Safe Food & Feed Supply
The GTP Code is a food and feed safety assurance scheme owned by COCERAL, the European association representing the cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agro-supply trade. The scheme developed by traders for traders, covers collection, storage, trading and transport of cereals, protein crops, oilseeds, and other plant products and their by-products.
The GTP aims at helping food and feed business operators in:
- Complying with good hygiene practices relating to operating sites, premises, equipment, transport, waste and staff.
- Identifying and controlling potential risks for consumers’ safety and establishing appropriate procedures based on the principles of the HACCP system.
After a successful certification audit, companies get GTP certification for a period of three years, provided that audits are performed annually. DQS CFS offers the GTP certification scheme through a cooperation with a trusted partner.
The GTP certification provides the means to your company to be consistent with legal requirements in relation to food and feed safety as well as the requirements of customers of the food and feed chain.
Obtaining the GTP certification guarantees the assurance that good practices to manage risks are in place in your company. The GTP certificate will provide you with extra business opportunities with GTP companies and other scheme participants worldwide regarded as equivalent by COCERAL, as per Appendix 6 of the GTP