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WHAT IS FOOD SAFETY

Simply put, Food Safety awareness creates safe conditions under which the production of food at all levels takes place, regardless of volumes.

Other than Legislation which governs and regulates safe food production and handling practices, organizations such as the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) have benchmarked Standards against which effective food safety management may be measured and regulated. All the International Food Safety Management Systems use the HACCP Study as a fundamental and increasingly VACCP & TACCP Studies to mitigate against food fraud and food defense.

Under South African legislation and specifically the Consumer Protection Act, a food producer’s only due diligence defense in the case of a food safety incident would be to be certified against a recognisable FSMS such as ISO22000 or similar.

FSSC22000

The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification provides a framework for effectively managing your organization’s food safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO Standards.

FSSC 22000 Food

The food industry in the modern day is characterised by a supply chain starting at the primary producer going to centralised production/processing and distribution plants and ending up on the end consumer’s plate. This opens the door to a multitude of possible risks to product, be it unintentional or intentional. FSSC22000 strives to eliminate, control and mitigate these risks to provide safe quality food to end consumers. FSSC22000 certification is also a barrier to entry into the main retail groups or suppliers to the main retailers amongst others.

At Integrated ISO Management we pride ourselves in having a quality, quick turnaround time, helping you, the producer/processor/distributer gain entry to new markets such as the retailers or maintain your current market.

FSSC 22000 Packaging

With centralised food production being the norm in the modern day, packaging has become a valuable and important aspect for delivering safe and quality products. Because the food chain is a multi-point system, starting at the primary producer and invariably ending up on a shelve and in end consumer homes with different inputs and risks along the way, everything has to be packaged.

Packaging manufacturers and printers thus also form part of the supply chain and thus has to be certified, FSSC has noticed this and has a developed a dedicated packaging scope to ensure an objective and risk-based approach to your premises and system is used on audit day.

At Integrated ISO Management we pride ourselves in our work and are specialists in the field of packaging with multiple implementations and regular clients all over South Africa.

FSSC22000 Retail and Wholesale

FSSC 22000ISO 22000 and the Global Food Safety Initiative, (GFSI) The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a division of the Consumer Goods Forum and a collaboration of retailers, manufacturers and food service companies that has been working on harmonization of food safety standards.

ISO22000

ISO 22000 is a Food Safety Management System that can be applied to any organization in the food chain, farm to fork. Becoming certified to ISO 22000 allows a company to show their customers that they have a food safety management system in place. This provides customer confidence in the product. This is becoming more and more important as customers demand safe food and food processors require that ingredients obtained from their suppliers to be safe.

 

ISO22000 Food

The food industry in the modern day is characterised by a supply chain starting at the primary producer going to centralised production/processing and distribution plants and ending up on the end consumer ‘s plate. This opens the door to a multitude of possible risks to product, be it unintentional or intentional. ISO22000, although on a lower tier than FSSC22000 and not recognised by the GFSI also strives to eliminate, control and mitigate all risks to product to provide safe quality food to end consumers. ISO22000 certification is also a barrier to entry and a prerequisite into some of the main retail groups or suppliers to the main retailers amongst others.

At Integrated ISO Management we pride ourselves in having a quality, quick turnaround time, helping you, the producer/processor/distributer gain entry to new markets such as the retailers or maintain your current market.

 

ISO22000 Packaging

 With centralised food production being the norm in the modern day, packaging has become a valuable and important aspect for delivering safe and quality products. Because the food chain is a multi point system, starting at the primary producer and invariably ending up on a shelve and in end consumer homes with different inputs and risks along the way, everything has to be packaged.

Packaging manufacturers and printers thus also form part of the supply chain and thus has to be certified, ISO has noticed this and has a developed a dedicated packaging scope to ensure an objective and risk-based approach to your premises and system is used on audit day.

At Integrated ISO Management we pride ourselves in our work and are specialists in the field of packaging with multiple implementations and regular clients all over South Africa.

ISO9001

Quality is a very broad term as it can be broken up into many different parts. ISO9001 takes years of experience and research and encapsulates everything that makes a company like Toyota the success it is and makes it available to everyone. The principles and systems that an ISO9001 implementation and ultimately certification would bring to your business will change the way your company thinks and manages your processes.

With ISO9001 clients in many major industry sectors, Integrated ISO Management is geared to assist and ensure a pain free implementation of your quality management system.

ISO14000

ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements.

Part of the ISO 14000 family of standards on environmental management, ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that organizations can certify to. Integrating it with other management systems standards, most commonly ISO 9001, can further assist in accomplishing organizational goals.

The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) defines an environmental management system as “part of the management system used to manage environmental aspects, fulfil compliance obligations, and address risks and opportunities.” The framework in the ISO 14001 standard can be used within a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) approach to continuous improvement.

ISO26000 

ISO 26000 is the international standard developed to help organizations effectively assess and address those social responsibilities that are relevant and significant to their mission and vision; operations and processes; customers, employees, communities, and other stakeholders as well as environmental impact.

ISO45001

ISO 45001 is an International Standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, with guidance for its use, to enable an organisation to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health. ISO 45001 is intended to be applicable to any organisation regardless of its size, type and nature. ISO 45001 enables an organisation, through its OH&S management system, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/wellbeing; however, it should be noted that an organisation can be required by applicable legal requirements to also address such issues.

TRAINING

Training in all spheres within an Organization strives to bring all levels of staff within the various structures to a suitable level of Understanding by addressing attitude and creating awareness within the discipline intended.

Food Defence/Fraud  (VACCP and TACCP)

The latest buzz words or phrase in the food industry is without a doubt “Food Defence” and “Food Fraud”. These phrases or words encapsulate the very real risk of intentional adulteration or sabotage of your raw materials or product in your processing plant whether for economic gain by a supplier or by a disgruntled employee.

VACCP (Vulnerability Analysis Critical Control Point) and TACCP (Threats Analysis Critical Control Point) are two studies that is done to analyse and determine where such risks to your product exists and to then identify and assign control measures to mitigate against such risks.

With over 50 such studies done in 2018 alone, let us assist your company in compiling detailed and professional reports and assist in the implementation of control measures.

HACCP

HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. For successful implementation of a HACCP plan, management must be strongly committed to the HACCP concept. A firm commitment to HACCP by top management provides company employees with a sense of the importance of producing safe food.

HACCP is designed for use in all segments of the food industry from growing, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, distributing, and merchandising to preparing food for consumption. Prerequisite programs such as current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are an essential foundation for the development and implementation of successful HACCP plans. Food safety systems based on the HACCP principles have been successfully applied in food processing plants, retail food stores, and food service operations. The seven principles of HACCP have been universally accepted by government agencies, trade associations and the food industry around the world.

Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs)

Environmental Health Practitioners deal with elements of safety, health and the suitability of various environments. These include, among others, industrial/housing developments, waste management, water services, pest control, food and transport safety, tourism and leisure, pollution control, as well as general research and development elements.

Environmental Health Officers (also known as Public Health Inspectors or Environmental Health Practitioners) are responsible for carrying out measures for protecting public health, including administering and enforcing legislation related to environmental health and providing support to minimize health and safety hazards. Environmental Health Practitioners are multi-skilled in many areas with individuals being highly trained, usually to degree level, and often requiring additional professional training, professional competency assessment and continuing professional development in order to continue to practise in the field. They are involved in a variety of activities, for example inspecting food facilities, investigating public health nuisances, and implementing disease control, conducting work place safety assessments and accident investigation. Environmental health officers are focused on prevention, consultation, investigation, and education of the community regarding health risks and maintaining a safe environment.

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