Food & Drinks – Food Safety

Food & Drinks – Food Safety

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BRC FoodIFS FoodIFS BrokerIFS Cash & CarryISO 22000FSSC 22000HACCPGlobal G.A.P.Good Trading PracticeQS

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BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

The certification standard is designed for all food business operators, regardless of their size or complexity. The requirements, however, mainly focus on organizations that either produce retailer branded products, or that supply products to Great Britain and have been requested by the local retail chains to provide that kind of evidence.

A major portion of all foodstuffs sold in Great Britain is retail branded. According to the Food Safety Act of 1990, retailers are required to take all precautionary measures that are necessary, and to apply due diligence in preventing errors in research and development, distribution, advertisement, and when selling food products to consumers. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) developed the Global Standard-Food, which governs the due diligence defense of British Food Law. It also provides the basis for the evaluation of retail brand manufacturers, who have to demonstrate fulfillment of the standard’s requirements.

Benefits for your company
  • Improved confidence among retailers and buyers in the safety, quality, and legality of the product
  • Increased product safety and less risk of product liability
  • Safe and efficient process flows in the interest of food safety, in order to quickly identify and control risks with respect to hygiene, quality, and health hazards for consumers, and to specify effective preventive measures
  • Access to the British food market
BRC Food issue 8: new clauses and changes

After a transition phase of six months, the BRC Food Standard Issue 8 will replace Issue 7 on the 1st of February 2019. To prepare you for the new version, we have outlined the most important changes below.

What is new?
Despite being an evolution from previous versions of the standard, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 introduces quite a lot of significant changes compared to its predecessor Issue 7. According to BRC, the new issue has consolidated key themes including ensuring global applicability and benchmarking to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), encouraging the development of a food safety culture and expanding the requirements for environmental monitoring. Alongside these areas of focus are the addition of new sections and clauses, which we have summarized for you here.

Timeline

Starting from the 1st of Feburary 2019 the use of the new standard is compulsory. Prior to that date, it is not possible to be certified according to the new version.

DQS, with more than 25 years expertise, supports their clients in:

  • webinars
  • Seminars and training
  • Gap audits

To receive individual information about BRC Food, please contact our office.

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IFS Food

In placing their own retail brands on the market, food retailers run a higher risk of liability for these products. In order to safeguard themselves they require the manufacturers to provide evidence of the safety, quality, and legality of their products, based on the International Food Standard IFS, which was created for just this purpose. The members of the retail associations in Germany (HDE), France (FCD), and Italy (FEDERDISTRIBUZIONE) mutually recognize assessment results and certificates, and no longer conduct any supplier audits of their own.

IFS – for whom?

First and foremost the standard addresses manufacturers of retailer branded products, as well as producers of proprietary brands that have been requested by food retailers to undergo such an assessment. Organizations throughout the food value chain take advantage of IFS to demonstrate their own activities in respect of food safety, food quality, and food legality.

Benefits:

  • Suitable instrument of control for the fulfillment of requirements
  • Improved confidence of consumers and retailers in the organization’s ability to perform Systematic analysis and implementation of safe and efficient processes in the interest of food safety
  • Evidence that due diligence is used in respect of product safety, quality, and legality
  • Less risk of product liability through demonstrated fulfillment of product safety obligations
  • Mutual recognition of certificates

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IFS Broker

Brokers and importers play an important role in the value chain since they have a strong influence on the supply chain through their choice of suppliers. Trading partners expect brokers and importers to communicate their product requirements to manufacturers and that these will be understood and implemented. For this reason IFS has developed the new standard IFS Broker for brokers and importers in order to examine how these processes are implemented. The new standard has been created on the basis of IFS Food and incorporates experience gained in supplier audits in the retail trade.

The new IFS Broker checks to see whether brokers / importers have implemented appropriate measures in their processes to ensure that their suppliers operate in accordance with food safety and quality requirements and to monitor compliance in order for the products supplied to meet legal requirements and contractual specifications.

Would you like to know the difference between IFS Broker and IFS Food? Read more on the website of DQS CFS.

Differences to IFS Food
Differences to IFS Food: The HACCP concept has been substantially reduced The demands on the manufacturing process have been removed The demands on the infrastructure and the working environment have been removed If brokers / importers have their own warehouse and conduct transportation on their own behalf, these parts of their operations must be certified in accordance with IFS Logistic. This has given rise to a modular system of certification that can be applied in a flexible way to the processes of brokers and importers.
IFS Broker for Food, HPC and Non-Food
IFS Broker has been developed in such a way that it can be used for all brokers irrespective of the products. The original HACCP concept has been adapted in such a way that it can be applied to brokers in the Food area and also used to assess risk management in the areas of Non-Food and HPC. IFS Broker is initially only being offered to brokers/importers. After IFS HPC is introduced in early 2010, IFS Broker will be extended to include the product scope of IFS HPC. Brokers/importers of Non-Food products not covered by IFS HPC will be able to be audited in accordance with IFS HPC from the middle of 2010 onwards when the training modules for auditors have been completed.

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IFS Cash & Carry

IFS Cash & Carry / Wholesale is the standard which covers all handling activities of loose naked products in Cash & Carry-markets or wholesale companies.

It includes also a production process in a small number of products like minced meat. The requirements of this standard are the same like IFS Food but in addition, a guideline has been developed which describes how to handle specific requirements in Cash & Carry-markets or wholesale companies.

Also, multi-site-certification is possible.

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ISO 22000-Management System for Food Safety

Significance

ISO 22000 is a globally harmonized and process-oriented standard for food safety that may be applied by any organization in the food supply chain, to include the provision of raw materials and transportation.

The standard specifies minimum requirements for corporate risk management; in addition to HACCP according to the Codex Alimentarius, it is also necessary to demonstrate fulfillment of the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and the implementation of preventive programs.

ISO 22000 – for whom?

The internationally recognized standard ISO 22000 is applicable to all organizations, regardless of their size and complexity, who are directly or indirectly involved in the production of foodstuffs and who want to demonstrate their conformity to HACCP according to the Codex Alimentarius by way of an objective and competent assessment. The standard in particular addresses organizations that aim for a goal-oriented, coherent, and more integrated management system for food safety, above and beyond the usual legal requirements.

Benefits for your organization:

  • Integration of state-of-the-art risk analysis procedures and preventive programs in reference to food safety
  • Increased product safety and reduced risk of product liability
  • Improved confidence among customers, suppliers, and official control authorities at an international level
  • Holistic consideration of the entire organization, as well as safe and efficient process, flows in respect of hygiene and health protection
  • Compliance with a variety of requirements from different food standards
  • Easy integration into existing management systems, such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001

New version of ISO 22000

ISO recently published a new version of ISO 22000, the international standard for food safety management systems.

Please read more about the main changes

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Food Safety System Certification 22000

FSSC 22000Food 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 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.

Overview of FSSC 22000 framework

The standard consists of three components: ISO 22000, PRPs and the additional FSSC 22000 requirements. The international standard ISO 22000 forms the basis for FSSC 22000 and outlines the requirements for management, for internal and external communication and points out the continuous improvement approach. This is the reason why the revision of ISO 22000 has such a big impact on FSSC 22000. The sector-specific PRPs (Pre-Requisite-Program) makes sure that FSSC 22000 is applicable for (nearly) all companies in the supply chain. The additional FSSC 22000 requirements ensure consistency and integrity and regularize the administration and management of FSSC 22000.

Moreover, there is an optional quality management module, which includes all the integrable elements of ISO 9001 into the FSSC 22000 certification. This way it is possible to combine a Food Safety Management Certification with a Quality Management Certification.

FSSC 22000 is applicable for the following branches: food manufacturing, food packaging manufacturing, animal feed production, farming and newly also transport and storage, catering and retail and wholesale. GFSI benchmark is valid for food manufacturing (C), animal feed production (D), transport and storage (G), food packaging manufacturing (I) and bio chemicals (K).

Benefits for you organisation
  • ISO-based supply chain approach
  • GFSI accepted
  • Use of existing, independent, inter­national standards
  • ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs
  • ISO/IEC 17021 accreditation (system & process approach)
  • Wide scope: food manufacturing (slaughtering and pet food included)
  • Stakeholder approval & commitment (industry, retailers, NGOs)
  • In-depth and rigorous food safety audits
  • Independent scheme management
  • Transparency
Changes in FSSC Version 5

In the new version 5 there is an optional quality management module, which includes all the integrable elements of ISO 9001 into the FSSC 22000 certification. This way it is possible to combine a Food Safety Management Certification with a Quality Management Certification.
FSSC 22000 is applicable for the following branches: food manufacturing, food packaging manufacturing, animal feed production, farming as well as transport and storage, catering and retail and wholesale. GFSI benchmark is valid for food manufacturing (C), animal feed production (D), transport and storage (G), food packaging manufacturing (I) and biochemicals (K). Read more

Timeline

On June 3, FSSC 22000 published Version 5 of its certification scheme. One big reason for the revision is the publication of the standard ISO 22000: 2018 last summer, which is used as a basis for the GFSI benchmarked certification scheme. The new version includes mainly structural changes.

Audits against the FSSC 22000 Scheme requirements V4.1 are only allowed until December 31st of 2019. Upgrade audits against FSSC 22000 Scheme requirements V5 shall be conducted between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020. Under extraordinary circumstances, the V5 upgrade audit can be postponed to 2021, but this process shall be completed in accordance with the FSSC scheme requirements and before June 29. After that date, V4.1 certificates will expire and the organization will need to start over with the certification process as per ISO 17021 to re-gain certification.

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:

  • webinars
  • Seminars and training
  • Gap audits

To receive individual information about FSSC 22000, please contact our office.

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HACCP-Confrontation of health hazards

HACCP is designed for organizations that want to use a neutral and competent assessment to demonstrate the conformity of their hygiene management systems, their Good Manufacturing Practice, and their preventive concepts for avoiding health hazards assessed in accordance with Regulation (EC) 852/2004 (Food Hygiene) or other selected reference systems. HACCP is also designed for organizations that commercially manufacture, process, distribute, or place on the market foodstuffs and food contact materials – in particular food industry manufacturers, food retailers, the catering and industrial gastronomy trade, but also their suppliers, such as the manufacturers of packaging materials.

The HACCP concept is based on an existing hygiene concept in compliance with the legal requirements. Its objective is to identify specific consumer health hazards posed especially by food, whether they are of a physical, chemical, or (micro-)biological nature; to appraise the probability of their occurrence; and to specify preventive measures that can be used to avoid these hazards during the production of food, or to reduce them to an acceptable minimum. The risk or rather, hazard analysis needs to be updated regularly, especially when introducing new products or in case of technological changes.

Benefits for your organization:

  • Identification, evaluation, and control of health hazards
  • Evidence of the fulfillment of due diligence requirements
  • Improved consumer protection and consumer confidence
  • Increased product safety and reduced risk of product liability
  • Efficient monitoring of food hazards

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Global G.A.P.

GLOBAL G.A.P. (Global Partnership for Good Agricultural Practice) is an internationally recognized standard for sustainable farm production. GLOBAL G.A.P. Certification covers food safety and traceability, environment, occupational health and safety and animal welfare. It is closely related to, amongst others, QMS and HACCP.

Through cooperation with a trusted partner, DQS CFS offers GLOBAL G.A.P. certification.

For further information, see www.globalgap.org

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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.

Benefits:

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

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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.

Benefits:

  • Increases consumer trust
  • Increased safety and hygiene across supply chain
  • Full traceability of products
  • Efficient identification and control of possible risks

Certification Process:

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 their certificate, and needs to work through the non-onformities within a specified period of time.

Synergies can be realized when assessing an integrated management system according to various standards at the same time.

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