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Bureau Veritas Turns Attention to Revised FSSC Food Safety Management Standard

Bureau Veritas Turns Attention to Revised FSSC Food Safety Management Standard
With the updated FSSC 22000 V5 coming into force next year, organisations are being advised to get up to speed on the latest food management standard as it looks to address the challenges of rising global food demand, states Bureau Veritas.

Published in May 2019, the revised FSSC 22000 scheme has been introduced following the publication of the new ISO 22000:2018 standard, to ensure industry-wide alignment. Businesses that are already certified against FSSC 22000 will need an additional review against the new ISO 22000:2018 standard and FSSC additional scheme requirements.

FSSC 22000 V5 will replace V4.1 and organisations in the food and feed industries will need to achieve the new standard by the transition deadline of December 2020 where after, all V4.1 certificates will become invalid. Businesses certified under the FSSC 22000 V4.1 will undergo upgrade audits and planned surveillance or recertification audits.

The upgrade process will begin on 1st January 2020 for all certified organisations to maintain compliance with GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) requirements, and will last until 31st December 2020. Organisations that are certified to stand alone ISO 22000:2005 will require a transition audit to ISO 22000:2018 by 29th June 2021.

The update comes as latest research shows that demand for food and animal feed is set to at least double over the next three decades1, while on the food safety front the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) reports that over 200 diseases are spread by the food chain2. Both ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 are designed to ensure that food manufacturers, suppliers and retailers can meet the growing global demand for safe and secure food.

Joy Franks, Food Market Director at Bureau Veritas, said: “In recent years, the rapid pace of change in the food industry including rising demand, new technologies and ever-complex supply chains has made it difficult to monitor and manage food safety. To address these challenges, the updated FSSC 22000, working alongside the ISO 22000, delivers a comprehensive framework to ensure food management systems are fit to meet the evolving needs of the market.

“It’s therefore crucial that organisations try to get to grips with the revised standards as soon as possible, especially if they want to comply by the appropriate deadlines. As with any standards governing food management systems, it can be a confusing and complex process for businesses to understand the details of these changes and how it may impact their operations. Receiving the correct help and support to assist in these changes will ensure a smooth transition process ahead of the deadlines.”

As a global health and safety and compliance expert, Bureau Veritas has an experienced team of certification professionals on hand to support those in the food and feed industries achieve compliance with FSSC 22000 V5 and ISO 22000:2018, which includes training through its renowned Learning Academy.