FSSC 22000

News FSSC 22000 Version 4

Unannounced audits:periods

Ausführlichere Frage

How many periods the company can block to not be audited ? Til when they communicate these periods (X months after the last audit)?

Anforderungen des Standards

 

Antwort

FSSC 22000 has not included an limitation for the number of black-out days. The CB can negotiate this with its client. The number of agreed black-out days must reasonable and proportional. The organisation would have to notify the CB within (max) 2 months after the last day of the audit. This would be the black-out days for the coming year.

Audit time window for a not announced audit

Ausführlichere Frage

What are requirements about the audit time window for a not announced audit (months min/max after last audit)?

Anforderungen des Standards

 

Antwort

There is no requirement for the audit time window. One of the scheduled surveillance audits has to by replaced by an unannounced audit.

Unannouced audits: production not runnig

Ausführlichere Frage

What happens if production for some key products is not running at the days of the audits and/or e.g. vessel is docked due to maintenance, no harvest due to rain the previous day, so no activity, major break down in equipment? Impact of audit scope respectively certificate?

Anforderungen des Standards

FSSC 22000 version 4 Part 4, section 7.4.1.2

Antwort

All situations that are not covered by this paragraph shall be covered by the black-out days. If there are changes in the black-out days the organisation has to notify the CB as soon as possible about the changes.

Unannouced audits: combined

Ausführlichere Frage

Does FSSC allow to combine unannounced audits with other standards like IFS, BRC and ISO 9001/14001?

Anforderungen des Standards

 

Antwort

Yes, this is allowed but we will have to respect the FSSC 22000 requirements with regard to unannounced audits.

Auditor rotation

Ausführlichere Frage

From when the rule of 2 x 3 years period will apply? Retroactively or from January 1, 2018 onwards?

Anforderungen des Standards

 

Antwort

This rule will apply from January 1, 2018.

Transition period

Ausführlichere Frage

What's the transition periode ?

Anforderungen des Standards

 

Antwort

Organizations are not required to have a V4 audit until 2018. However it is already possible to audit against V4.

Transition period: 

– FSSC audits could already be performed against V4

– After 1 January 2018 all audits shall be performed against V4

This means that 2017 will be a transition year to allow both organizations and CBs to implement the necessary changes/updates to v4.

For the new scopes Catering, Retail, Storage and transport it is only possible to use V4.

First audit FSSC 22000 version 4

Ausführlichere Frage

Is it possible to conduct the 1st Version 4 audit in 2017 or 2018, as surveillance ?

Anforderungen des Standards

 

Antwort

The audit V4 shall cover all the requirements of FSSC 22000 version 4.  There are also several new additional requirements that have to be assessed. Indeed more audit time is needed for the upgrade audit. The surveillance audit on-site audit time is simply not enough for the FSSC 22000 version 4 upgrade audit.

The audit time for the upgrade audit is calculated as follows: surveillance audit duration plus approx. 4 hours (actually not confirmed by FSSC). A scheduled re-certification audit can be replaced by an upgrade audit.

Food Fraud

What is the meaning of Food Fraud?

Ausführlichere Frage

Definition of Food Fraud Prevention (Part 0: Definitions) :”The process to prevent food and feed supply chains from all forms of economically motivated, intentional adulteration that might impact consumer health” That’s mean, intentional adulteration that might impact only food quality (without any impact consumer health) will be not assessed during FSSC 22000 audit, Ex: extra virgin olive oil cut with cheap olive oil, or foods advertised as containing beef were found to contain undeclared or improperly declared horse meat.

Anforderungen des Standards

 

Antwort

The primary focus of FSSC 22000 is consumer health. Quality is also additionally included with FSSC 22000-Q.

The examples that you give do have an impact on consumer health. Horse-meat can contain residues which are harmful for consumer health. Cheap olive oil (depending on its origin) can contain residues that have an effect on human health. Intentional adulteration always has a potential effect on human health or product integrity (consumer trust).
Intentional adulteration shall therefor always be taken into consideration with regard to food fraud.