There is growing demand for food safety certification in Asia, according to the FSSC 22000, with three of the top five countries to adopt the leading certification system representing the three major food markets in the region.

China, Japan and India are among the 144 countries that have adopted Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000, the world’s leading certification scheme for ISO 22000.

According to Fons Schmid, Chairman of the FSSC 22000 Board of Stakeholders, the growing interest in Asia reflects the desire from food companies and retailers to have a food safety management system that goes above and beyond the ISO standard.

“FSSC 22000 provides a full framework for effectively managing an organisation’s food safety responsibility and is independent evidence of a company’s commitment to food safety management. In today’s sensitive environment where consumer confidence and regulator trust is critical to the food industry’s license to operate, food safety certification provides an added assurance to all stakeholders that a company takes its product safety and responsibility seriously.”

In just five years, FSSC 22000 has become the world’s fastest growing certification scheme for ISO 22000 based certification and over 7000 companies worldwide have achieved FSSC 22000 certification. FSSC 22000 is recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted throughout the world. It is independently governed by a Board of experts in food and food ingredient safety and includes representatives from trade and retail associations across the industry, certification bodies, authorities and other independent experts.

“Our certification shows that a company has the right set of top down management structures, methods, processes and reporting requirements in place with respect to optimum food safety,” Mr. Schmid said.

Mr. Schmid added the system will continue to evolve with changes in food safety technology and science.

“We have recently extended the scope of the scheme to cover animal feed with PAS 222 (Prerequisite Program for the Manufacture of food and Feed for Animals) and we are considering an extension to cover animal farming. We will continue to add to the scope as new technical specifications are required for sector specific pre-requisite programs (PRPs).”

To meet the growing interest in the certification scheme FFSC is hosting an information seminar for leading food manufacturers, processors and producers in Asia.

Held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 28 April 2014, the seminar will cover all aspects of FSSC 22000 and include case studies and a panel discussion. It will also include perspectives on food safety certification from the Mr Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and from Mr Yves Rey, Chairman of the GFSI.

FIA Chief Scientific Officer, Kim Leighton, said it is encouraging to see the growing interest in food safety certification Asia.

“Global food safety certification plays a crucial role in building trust and credibility with the food industry’s stakeholders and enhancing food trade around the region. These factors are critical to the food industry’s growth potential in the region. This seminar will help continue to build awareness and understanding of the certification options available to the industry,” he said.

To attend the seminar, register online at

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