The retail & wholesale sector is a complex stage of the food supply chain. Any upstream failure in the supply chain can end up into unsafe products and high impact incidents. With loss of consumer trust as a result.
Next to selling food products, in store activities like meat, fish or bread & pastry preparation add to the complexity of the retail & wholesale processes. Besides this complexity in processes, many retail & wholesale organizations are large in size with several stores which are involved or operating in different countries. Food safety needs to be assured by centralized and decentralized processes and effective communication is critical to assure food safety.
FSSC 22000 provides a certification scheme that ensures a robust food safety management system to control food safety hazards, minimize risks and assure the production of safe food. Reliability in providing safe food contributes to consumer trust and eventually consumer loyalty.
“In our experience, certified organizations are one step ahead in implementing a sustainable quality management system. Organizations that work according to a food safety system experience fewer non conformities.”Sally Elsherif, QA Operations Director - Metro AG
Using the international standards; ISO 22000 for food safety management with PAS 221, the prerequisite programs for retail and wholesale together with additional requirements for certification, FSSC 22000 ensures consistent, high quality audits which monitored by an integrity program to measure and maintain performance of delivery all over the world. Besides the global character, FSSC 22000 is applicable within the whole supply chain. With the ISO 22000 framework, FSSC 22000 also allows the integration of your food safety management system with other risk- based management systems, which might include ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management, ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management or IS0/IEC 27001 for Information Security Management.
FSSC 22000 is applicable to all retail & wholesale organizations selling and preparing food, such as:
- supermarkets and hypermarkets
- convenience stores
- wholesale (cash and carry) stores
- mass or club stores
- food halls in departments stores
- bakeries, butchers, etc.