FOOD SAFETY AUDITS & SYSTEMS
Food Safety Audits
MSHEQ will assist with the following Audits:
- GAP Audits
- Internal Audits
- Readiness Audits on all food Safety Systems
MSHEQ can consult on and assist with the implementation of the following systems:
ISO 22000 was the first auditable standard for the food industry developed within ISO and provides a framework of internationally harmonised requirements for food safety. ISO 22000 covers all organisations in the food chain from farmers to catering and defines the requirements for a food safety management system.
The GFSI programme is designed for suppliers to progress toward certification and have better market access. This is a process with a series of steps and businesses are able to enter the program at either a Basic level or an Intermediate level depending on their current progress in food safety management. After determining the organisation’s level of entry, a stepwise process that can take a maximum of a year to reach the next level commences. The final aim is to attain a GFSI recognised scheme such as FSSC 22000.
The BRC standard has been developed to specify the safety, quality and operational criteria required to be in place within a food manufacturing organisation to fulfill obligations with regard to legal compliance and protection of the consumer. BRC is a GFSI recognised scheme and provides a report and certification that can be accepted by customers in place of their own audits, thus reducing time and cost. The requirements of the standard focus on the development and compliance to PRPs, a HACCP plan, quality management and senior management commitment. Therefore implementation focuses on putting in place procedures, documentation and systems to fulfilling these requirements.
The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification provides a framework for effectively managing an organisation’s food safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 is fully recogniSed by GFSI and is based on ISO 22000 and ISO/TS 22002. FSSC 22000 requires that you establish, document, implement, and maintain an effective Food Safety Management System based on the aforementioned standards, with ISO 22000 as the requirements for the management system and the ISO/TS 22002 as the prerequisite programs. This includes procedures and records that are needed to ensure effective development, and implementing and updating of the food safety management system.