KEBS-CB has launched Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) Certification IS/ISO 22000:2005 scheme which envisages grant of FSMS Certification licence to organizations according to IS/ISO 22000.
FSMS FOR SAFE FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS
Food Safety is related to the presence of food borne hazards in food at the point of consumption. Food reaches to consumers via supply chains that may link many different types of organizations. One weak link can result in unsafe food that is dangerous to health. As food safety hazards can occur the food chain at any stage, adequate control throughout the supply chain is essential. Therefore food safety is a joint responsibility of all organizations with in the food chain including, producers, manufactures, transport & storage operators, sub contractors, retail and food service outlets and service providers.
Recent studies have shown that there is significant increase of illness caused by infected food in both developed and developing countries which give rise to considerable economic costs besides being health hazards. This has necessitated the need for establishing a food safety management system by all types of organizations within the food chain.
HIGHLIGHTS OF IS/ISO 22000:2005
a) Integrates the principles of Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system developed be Codex Alimentarius Commission. It combines the HACCP plan with prerequisite programme (PRPs) and operational PRPs.
b) Requires that all Hazards that may be reasonably expected to occur in the food chain are identified, assessed and controlled.
c) Can be applied independent of other management system standards or can be integrated with existing other management systems.
d) Allows even small, tiny scale organizations to implement as externally developed combination of control measures.
e) Intended for organizations seeking more focussed, coherent and integrated food safety management systems.
f) Emphasis on preventions of food safety hazards of all types.
g) Ensures compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
h) Provides for management of potential emergency situations & accidents that can impact food safety.
KEY ELEMENTS TO ENSURE FOOD SAFETY
The key elements of FSMS for managing & reducing the risk to health resulting from operations across the food chain to final consumption are:
- Interactive Communication;
- System Management;
- Prerequisite Programmes;
- HACCP Principles;