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BSI Food Safety

  1. 1. ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management Managing food safety through added value auditing, certification and training services.
  2. 2. F O O D S A F E T Y O V E RV I E W Food safety is a global concern P r e s s u r e f r o m c o n s u m e r s , r e t a i l e r s , e c o l o g i c a l g r o u p s , a n d l e g i s l a t i v e b o d i e s a ff e c t t h e w h o l e f o o d s u p p l y c h a i n . Safe food is critical for consumers and businesses While much of our food supply is safe, several recent high profile cases underline the potential dangers of food borne illness to consumers, employees and brand value. A few examples from around the world include BSE-infected beef, the salmonella contamination of poultry and eggs, and high levels of listeria in dairy products. For these reasons and others, global retailers, distributors, food manufacturers and foodservice companies are now concerned more about the safety of their food supply chain than ever before. The impact of food safety Organizations in the food sector need to manage risk, demonstrate good corporate responsibility and meet legal requirements if they are to remain competitive, protect their reputation and enhance their brand. Supplier requirements and legislation impact your business whether you are a: • retailer • food producer • processor • foodservice outlet • restauranteur • caterer With increasingly rigorous legislation being enforced and growing concern among consumers, many food businesses are looking for a solution to effectively manage food safety. Defining food safety To produce safe food, a food business needs to understand what is meant by food safety. As there are a number of food safety definitions, a food business should consider how it defines its own food safety practices relative to those of key interested parties, such as legislators, enforcement agencies, suppliers, customers and consumers. As an example, ISO 22000:2005, the international food safety standard, defines food safety as a ‘concept that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is prepared and/or eaten according to its intended use’. A further definition originates from the Codex Alimentarius Food Hygiene Basic Texts, published by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization: ‘Food safety is related to the occurrence of food safety hazards and does not include other human health aspects related to, for example, malnutrition’. To remain competitive, any business in the food supply chain needs to effectively manage food safety.
  3. 3. An essential ingredient A food safety management system can increase consumer confidence, create a competitive edge and help meet legal requirements. Managing food safety issues Management systems are simply the way an organization goes about managing what it does in the most efficient and effective way. A formalized and systematic management system will help to ensure that the organization is operating as efficiently as possible. To ensure that food safety risks are minimized, food sector businesses need to have a food safety management system in place. With so many food safety regulations to comply with, along with demanding customer requirements, many businesses do not know where to start. Food safety management systems In the food industry today, management systems need to take into account not only basic food regulations and acceptable workplace practices, but also include contingency plans for potential crises such as product recalls. All these types of practices form the basis of a food safety management system. Why register a food safety management system? A food safety management system is most effective when it is benchmarked against a proven standard and independently verified by a third party. BSI is accredited to register an organization’s management system. Gaining registration through BSI will help your organization flourish. Whether you are looking to operate internationally or to expand locally to accommodate new business, registration to a proven standard will help you demonstrate to customers that you have a commitment to managing food safety. The regular assessment process will help you to continually use, monitor and improve your management system and processes. HACCP based food safety management systems A common foundation for building a food safety management system is based on HACCP - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point - methodology. HACCP is a risk assessment tool used for identifying hazards, determining the risks associated with those hazards, and implementing programs to reduce, eliminate or manage those risks within the food supply chain. Why HACCP? The principles of HACCP are traceable to the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which was created to develop food standards, guidelines and codes of practice by the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Food Standards Program for the United Nations. HACCP is widely accepted as an essential tool for managing food safety, especially when combined with a proven and verifiable management system. Indeed, HACCP is a key component of food safety management systems and the interrelated industry standards. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which was founded to address food safety issues, has recognized HACCP as a fundamental element of food safety systems. GFSI was established by CIES, the Food Business Forum, which represents international food retailers and suppliers. Registering to a food safety management system can improve overall performance, remove uncertainty and widen market opportunities. Above all, registration provides a third-party endorsement of a corporate commitment to food safety best practice.
  4. 4. B S I : T H E S TA N D A R D S Navigating the international food safety standards maze There are numerous food safety standards and BSI will help you choose the right one for your business. Food safety standards There are numerous food safety standards and finding the correct one to meet an organization's requirements can be a daunting task. Most standards incorporate HACCP, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and management system principles. Many food standards are retailer driven and for many companies in the supply chain it is mandatory to be certified to a standard to maintain supplier status. Adherence to a food safety standard, especially when endorsed by an external verification body such as BSI, is a powerful tool for organizations wishing to demonstrate to their customers that they are supplying food that is safe and meets legal requirements. BSI can assist organizations in determining the correct standard for them wherever they are in the world. Food retailers are demanding that their suppliers become certified to recognized food safety standards to maintain their supplier status. KEY INTERNATIONAL FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS NAME SECTOR SCOPE GEOGRAPHICAL SCOPE SQF 2000 (Safe Quality Food) Processing Suppliers to US retailers SQF 1000 Agriculture Suppliers to US retailers BRC/IoP (British Retailers Consortium/Institute of Packaging) Packaging Packaging Suppliers to European retailers BRC Global Standard - Food Processing Suppliers to European retailers IFS (International Food Standard) Processing Suppliers to European retailers EurepGAP Agriculture International ISO 22000:2005 All International Dutch HACCP Code All International
  5. 5. Which standard? Utilizing its wealth of experience and expertise, BSI helps food sector businesses choose the correct standard for their food safety management system. BSI has established relationships with numerous standards owners and other key stakeholders in the food industry, ranging from trade associations, such as the BRC to ISO, the International Standardization Organization. Depending on market forces in general and customer requirements in particular, some food businesses may need to implement more than one food safety standard. Adding value to standards As food businesses may need to implement more than one standard they could find themselves using a different auditor for each standard. But this can mean duplication of tasks and additional investment in terms of time and cost. BSI can help businesses by adopting an alternative, integrated approach. For example, BSI can help businesses integrate multiple standards into their existing management system. BSI can also conduct a combined audit where multiple standards are assessed at the same time. Taking this option can offer distinct advantages in efficiencies gained and, time and cost saved. ISO 22000:2005 There is clearly a need to harmonize food safety standards and establish an internationally accepted standard. This is the aim of ISO 22000:2005, which combines the tried and tested principles of HACCP with the best practice of a management system framework. Furthermore, ISO 22000:2005 is applicable to all organizations in the food supply chain, from farm to fork. For more details on the different standards and BSI’s auditing, certification and training services please visit:
  6. 6. B S I S E RV I C E S Auditing, certification, training, information and guidance BSI has developed a suite of professional services that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your business. Services from BSI BSI has all the tools your organization needs to implement a successful food safety management system. BSI can help from the early stages of research and learning, with our guidance documents and training classes, to auditing and registration. BSI Guidance Documents BSI Management Systems provides a wide number of food sector guidance and support documents. These documents will better prepare any organization interested in ISO 22000. Learn more by visiting: As one of the world's leading assessment and certification bodies for management systems in the food sector, BSI provides food businesses with the peace of mind that independent assessment can bring. Training from BSI BSI can provide any training you may need, from a one-day introductory course to cover the basic requirements of a standard, to three-day and five- day courses, which can help you develop and audit compliant systems. Courses can be delivered onsite or online through e-learning. Auditing and Certification Auditing and Certification from BSI is accredited to carry out certification to numerous management system standards. BSI's assessment capabilities are globally recognized for providing a value-added service. BSI auditors are qualified professionals with sector- specific expertise. A BSI assessment provides independent verification of a management system whilst enabling an organization to benchmark that system against a proven standard. The Benefits of Registration Gaining registration to food management systems through BSI will help your organization meet both your commercial and legal obligations. The regular assessment process will help you to continually monitor and improve your management system. Customer recognition and enhanced brand awareness and credibility are further benefits of being a BSI registered company. BSI SERVICES OVERVIEW • Information, Guidance and Advice • Standards and Publications • Tailored Customer Events • Online Knowledge Base • Training • Management Systems: Assessment/Auditing Registration/Certification Continual Assessment • Business Improvement Tools
  7. 7. B S I PA RT N E R S H I P S Partnerships made to last BSI is the ideal partner for organizations keen to adopt best practice within the food sector. Why partner with BSI? When you choose BSI as your business partner, you are also choosing our international reputation for excellence. As one of the largest and most respected management systems registrars in the world, BSI has registered customers in 110 countries. Whether you are looking to operate internationally or to expand locally to accommodate new business, becoming registered with BSI Management Systems will help you demonstrate to customers that you have a commitment to managing food safety. Partnership Benefits • Internationally experienced auditors who undergo the most thorough training and qualification process of any registrar, to ensure that our service is backed by a pool of specialists with unrivalled knowledge and expertise. • Our registration service is accredited by a number of accreditation bodies. • Association with the BSI name. BSI was the first national standards body in the world. BSI developed the first quality management standard, BS 5750, which was adopted internationally as ISO 9001. The recognition of the BSI brand and its link with quality and expertise is unequalled in the industry. • Use of the highly regarded and powerful BSI Registered logo. • A one-stop shop to purchase the standards, train your staff and gain registration for all your food safety requirements. • Use of our dedicated client web pages “Just for Customers” • If your business needs to incorporate more than one food safety standard, the BSI Combined Audit Service (CAS) can help you minimize disruption and reduce costs as our auditors can assess more than one standard at the same time. • Comprehensive products and services for the entire food supply chain. • A valuable source of information and guidance. For further information on BSI’s range of food safety services, please visit:
  8. 8. F o o d S a f e t y M a n a g e m e n t S y s t e m s F O O D S A F E T Y M A N A G E M E N T I S O 2 2 0 0 0 : 2 0 0 5 BSIUSA56/MS/1105/E BSI Group: Standards • Information • Training • Inspection • Testing • Assessment • Certification shape the future USA BSI Management Systems 12110 Sunset Hills Road Suite 200 Reston, VA 20190 USA Tel: 1 800 862 4977 703 437 9000 Fax: 703 437 9001 Canada BSI Management Systems Canada, Inc. 17 Four Seasons Place Suite 102 Toronto, ON M9B 6E6 Canada Tel: 1 800 862 6752 416 620 9991 Fax: 416 620 9911