FSSC 22000 V6, the latest version of the internationally recognized food safety certification scheme, arrived in April 2023, bringing significant changes for food production companies. Here's a comprehensive breakdown of what's new:

Food Chain Categories:

  • Two new categories: BIII (pre-process handling of plant products) and C0 (animal primary conversion) cater to specific sectors.
  • Revised categories: Pet food now falls under categories C & D, while transport is merged into category G. E-commerce is included in category FI.
  • Potential reclassification: Some organizations may need to switch to a different food safety category during the transition.

FSSC 22000 Additional Requirements:

  • More detailed clauses: You'll find enhanced focus on areas like validation/verification of packaging claims, recycled materials criteria, allergen management, environmental monitoring, quality control, new equipment purchase, and food waste handling.

Audit Times:

  • Expected increase: Due to the revised accreditation document and additional requirements, audit times may increase for many organizations.
  • Integration options: Organizations undergoing integrated audits with management systems or other food safety schemes may see some time savings.

Other Key Changes:

  • Adoption of updated ISO 22003-1 requirements: FSSC V6 aligns with the latest international standards for food safety management systems.
  • Focus on food safety culture: The new version emphasizes building a strong food safety culture within organizations.
  • Enhanced quality control: More stringent requirements for quality control procedures are introduced.

Transition Period and Implications:

  • 12-month transition: Organizations have until March 31st, 2024, to transition to FSSC V6. Audits will no longer be conducted against V5.1 after that date.
  • Preparation and training: Early preparation through training and gap analysis is crucial to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Expert guidance: Consulting with certification bodies or consultants can simplify the transition process.

Overall, FSSC 22000 V6 aims to improve food safety throughout the supply chain by:

  • Addressing emerging trends and challenges.
  • Enhancing the robustness of food safety management systems.
  • Promoting continuous improvement in food safety practices.

For organizations seeking FSSC 22000 certification, understanding these changes is crucial for maintaining compliance and ensuring safe food production.

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