Prerequisite programmes on food safety -- Part 2: Catering-ISO/TS 22002-2:2013

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 specifies the requirements for the design, implementation, and maintenance of prerequisite programmes (PRPs) to assist in controlling food safety hazards in catering.
ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 is applicable to all organizations which are involved in the processing, preparation, distribution, transport, and serving of food and meals and wish to implement PRPs in accordance with the requirements specified in ISO 22000:2005, 7.2.
The scope of ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 includes catering, air catering, railway catering, banquets, among others, in central and satellite units, school and industry dining rooms, hospitals and healthcare facilities, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, food services, and food stores.
Users of catering can belong to vulnerable groups, such as children, elderly and/or ill people.
In some countries, the term "food services" is used synonymously with catering.
The application of ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 does not exempt the user from compliance with current and applicable legislation. Where local legal requirements are in specified for parameters (temperatures, among others) given in ISO/TS 22002-2:2013, the local requirements shall be used by the food business.
Catering operations are diverse in nature and not all of the requirements specified in ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 apply to an individual establishment or process.
Although the use of ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 is not mandatory for complying with the requirements in ISO 22000:2005, 7.2, there is a requirement for deviations (exclusions made or alternative measures implemented) to be justified and documented when ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 is used as reference for the PRPs implemented. It is not intended for such deviations to affect the ability of the organization to comply with the requirements of ISO 22000. ISO 22000 Implementation
ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 specifies detailed requirements to be considered in relation to ISO 22000:2005, 7.2.3.
In addition, ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 adds other aspects such as product recall procedures which are considered relevant to catering operations.Developing ISO 22000 Procedures
ISO/TS 22002-2:2013 is intended to be used when establishing, implementing, and maintaining the PRPs specific to the organization(s) in accordance with ISO 22000.
More Information ISO/TS 22002:2013

SQF-Unannounced Audits

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SQF became the first internationally accredited third party third party assessment program through introducing unannounced audits as statement is issued by The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI). 
Salient feature includes
Unannounced audits will included in the next revision of SQF Code,  introduced in Feb 2014 and will be implemented in July 2014. 
Certification Bodies  (SQF Certification Levelswill conduct one announced audit of supplier within Three certification cycle and will start with initial certification audit date
Multisite suppliers will be exempted from unannounced audits.
Unannounced audits shall not conducted with initial or surveillance audits
Supplier certificate will be suspended in case of entry refusal into facility.
Unannounced re-certification audits schedule will not change although supplier changes certification body. 
SQF code protocol, Part A, Section 4.3 and 4.4 (Section 4)  will be followed in unannounced re-certification audit

FSSC 22000 Guidance on PAS 223 Section 16 & 18

Monday, February 10, 2014

Guidance on the FSSC scheme with respect to PAS 223 section 18: Food defence, biovigilance and bioterrorism 

Competence criteria 
Bioterrorism is one of the potential hazards that, just like all of the other potential hazards need to be addressed in the manufacturers Hazard Analysis. The auditors have to review if this has been done and if effective control measures are in place. There are no additional qualification requirements required for the auditors. 

Where relevant the auditor shall have knowledge of the PAS 96 which gives guidance as to 
be able to deal with applicable issues properly. 

Method for Auditing 
Biovigilance and Bioterrorism has to be audited within the scope of the certificate. Where 
relevant the auditor shall have such knowledge as to be able to deal with these issues 
Guidance on the FSSC scheme with respect to PAS 223 section 16: storage and 
Storage and transport are not part of the FSSC scope as a stand alone activity. However 
manufacturers have to address it in cases where it is part of the organizations own process 
and when they have agreements with external transport and storage companies. CBs have 
to review if the manufacturer has addressed this effectively. The PAS 223 covers 
requirements for storage and transport and to ensure related food safety risks are addressed 
effectively in the manufacturer’s food safety management system and that CB’s cover this in 
the audits.