New FSSC 22000 certificate replaces HACCP
By Marc Martens
Last year, CurTec’s HACCP certificate was replaced by a FSSC 22000 certificate. The FSSC 22000 standard is developed for the certification of food safety systems of companies producing or processing food products, food ingredients and food packaging. The standard is more stringent than the Codex Alimentarius but CurTec has passed the audit with flying colors.
CurTec designs, manufactures and distributes plastic High Performance Packaging for the pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals and food ingredients industry. For many years, CurTec was HACCP certified but that system has been incorporated into the ISO 22000 standard.
FSSC 22000 is based on ISO 22000 and completed with TS22002-4, a technical specification for packaging materials. The standard has been developed by the Food Safety Certification Foundation SCV and was ratified by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). It is the first global standard for the food industry.
FSSC 22000 puts higher demands on a company than the Codex Alimentarius. In order to comply, CurTec had to implement several new measures such as:
- Zone classification
- Hygiene measures: hair nets, protective clothing and disinfection at production entry
- Hygiene training for all employees
- Modified work permits
- Access control to corporate grounds and premises
- Extensive risk assessments
The added value of an organization with a certified Food Safety System lies in their efforts to maintain that system and their commitment to continuous performance improvement. CurTec will continue to invest in quality assurance so they can guarantee the supply of food safe packaging today and in the future.
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