First Certificates Animal Food & Feed Issued
Cargill and Land O'Lakes, Inc. are the first organizations worldwide to achieve FSSC 22000 certification for their Animal Food & Feed activities, based on BSI PAS 222. A great achievement for both organizations which actively participated in the development of the PAS 222 and always have been strongly committed to add an Animal Food & Feed scope to FSSC 22000.
Cargill and Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Three Cargill plants are already certified, and more plants are in process. Mark Overland, Director Global Certification at Cargill says "FSSC 22000 Animal Food & Feed is the right choice for Cargill to provide assurance on animal food & feed to our customers and regulators globally. Built on ISO 22000, the FSSC 22000 scope extension to cover Animal Food & Feed aligns perfectly with our internal system and is well understood externally by customers and regulators". According to Overland, more Cargill sites will follow soon to serve animal food & feed customers.
This certification validates the effectiveness of our quality management system implementation and further supports the quality behind the Purina Animal Nutrition Brand. The process also has been an excellent way of benchmarking against best practice. More plants will follow, said Sara Mortimore, Vice President Product Safety, Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Land O'Lakes.
The animal food, feed and ingredient industries play an important role in safeguarding food chains and protecting animal health. SSAFE sponsored the development of the PAS 222 in order to assist the animal food and feed industry ensure that animal food and feed is safe. As a non-profit organization SSAFE promotes the integrity of the global food system by fostering the continuous improvement and global acceptance of internationally recognized food protection systems and standards.
SSAFE Executive Director Quincy Lissaur says Expanding the application of Food Safety Management Systems to animal food and feed is an excellent step forward as this part of the food supply chain plays an important role in protecting animal and human health within the food system.
FSSC 22000 Scopes
In April 2014 FSSC 22000 added Animal Food & Feed to its certification scopes, based on PAS 222 - Prerequisite programs for food safety in the manufacture of food and feed for animals. This enables organizations in the animal food, feed and ingredient industries to implement and certify against FSSC 22000. PAS 222 has been submitted as a seed document to ISO for the development of a formal ISO Technical Specification. In line with the GFSI objective to extend its scope to cover all sectors of the supply chain, FSSC 22000 is ready to add new scopes the moment the necessary technical specifications for sector Pre-requisite Programmes (PRPs) are available and organizations in the international food sectors request FSSC 22000 certification to cover these sectors.