So, just how many audits do food businesses have to have.
Well that all depends upon what they make, where they are and who their customers are, as well as what their plans are for the future.
For some businesses, it can feel like there are audits happening all the time, with auditors from here there and everywhere wandering around and disturbing things.
HACCP audits, Quality Management audits, safety audits, Environmental audits and the list goes on and on!!!!!!
Is there a solution?
Well yes, the FSSC22000-Q certification will mean that a business can have a combined food safety and quality management audit in one. It will significantly reduce the amount of external audits that food businesses may need to have.
Less hassles, less distraction / disturbance, less money – sounds like a win win in a major way.
This new certification was firstly published in February of this year and apparently is already attracting a lot of attention, as food companies recognise the advantages of one audit instead of two.
The Foundation for Food Safety Certification is the issuing body for FSSC22000-Q and now one significant Conformity Assessment Body has been accredited to audit against it.
So for those food businesses out there that are entering the wonderful world of food safety / HACCP programs and / or quality management, keep in mind that there is now an alternative to having to have audits for each of them.