While much of our food supply is safe, several recent high profile cases around the world underline the potential danger of food-borne illness to consumers, employees and brand value. A few recent examples include BSE infected beef, the salmonella contamination of poultry and eggs and high levels of lister in dairy products. For these reasons and others, global retailers, distributors, food manufacturers and food service companies are now concerned more about the safety of their food supply chain than ever before.
Organizations in the food sector will need to manage risk, demonstrate good corporate responsibility and meet legal requirements if they are to remain competitive, protect their reputation and enhance their brand. An effective food safety management system based on a proven standard will help your organization achieve these goals. Furthermore, assessment and certification of your management system by an independent third party will optimize your food safety management.
Services for the Food Industries
In today’s marketplace of changing technology and stringent regulatory requirements, time to market and product quality are essential in developing a competitive advantage.
At Nucleus Consultants, our fluency in the industry helps you gain the competitive edge you need. Our industry experts, supported by qualified personnel, reducing your time to market.
Our quality systems consultancy services guide your team through the ISO22000, HACCP, ISO 9000, ISO 14001, BRC, GMP, SA 8000 and ISO 45001 certification process, providing your company a competitive advantage through improved processes, continuous improvement, and market recognition.
Nucleus Consultants Food Industry services include:
- FSSC 22000, ISO 22000 Consulting, Implementation and Training
- HACCP Consulting, Implementation and Training
- ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 Consulting, Implementation and Training
- ISO 45001 Consulting, Implementation and Training
- Other ISO Management System Consulting, Implementation and Training
- Social Compliance Systems Documentation, Implementation and training
For more information regarding our full suite of services for the Manufacturing contact us.
About ISO 9001
Originally published in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9001 is a generic quality systems standard that specifies, in very broad terms, the necessary components of a quality management system. Rather than being specific to any one industry, ISO 9000 details the basic requirements of the quality function for all industries. ISO 9001 gives you the tools to grow a better business through continuous improvement and refined processes. The latest version of ISO 9001 is ISO 9001:2015. Today more than 500,000 businesses have achieved ISO 9001 certification throughout the world, making it by far the most recognized symbol for quality in the global marketplace. (See more about ISO 9001.)
About ISO 22000
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems Standard. Officially called ISO 22000, Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain, ISO 22000 is an international standard and defines the requirements of a food safety management system covering all organizations in the food chain from ? farm to fork?, including catering and packaging companies.
There has been a continuous increase in consumer demand for safe food. This has led to the development of numerous food safety standards. The growing number of national standards for food safety management has led to confusion. Consequently, there is a need for international harmonization and ISO aims to meet this need with ISO 22000.
The standard combines generally recognized key elements to ensure food safety along the food chain including: interactive communication; system management; control of food safety hazards through pre-requisite programmes and HACCP plans; and continual improvement and updating of the management system.
ISO 22000 is intended to define the requirements for companies that desire to exceed the regulatory requirements for food safety. (See more about ISO 22000.)
About ISO 45001
The (ISO 45001) specification gives clearer direction to an occupational health and safety management system. ISO 45001 is an audit/certification specification, not a legislative requirement or a guide to implementation. It should be noted that ISO 45001does not state specific performance criteria, or give detailed specifications for the design of a management system. Instead, the system is geared towards reducing and preventing accidents and accident-related loss of lives, resources, and time.
ISO 45001 has been developed to be compatible with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) management systems standards. It is its hope that any organization that implements ISO 45001 can easily integrate it with other quality, environmental or occupational health and safety management systems. The ISO 45001Specification follows the Plan-Do-Check-Review cycle, with a concurrent emphasis on continual improvement. This model aligns well with the structure of other management system documents such as ISO 14001, thus aiding the progress of integrated management systems.
The elements of ISO 45001 includes Policy and commitment, Hazard identification, risk assessment & risk controls, Legal requirements, Objectives and Programs, Organization and personnel, Training, Communication and Consultation, Documentation and records, Operational Controls, Emergency Readiness, Measurement and monitoring, Accident and incident investigation, corrective and preventive action, Audit and Review, and Application and Relevance in the Industry. (See more about ISO 45001 )
About ISO 14001
Protection of the environment is one of society’s key goals. A significant increase in environmental awareness and stricter environmental regulations has led many organizations to integrate environmental protection into their corporate management systems structure.
Leading corporations have been utilizing environmental management systems (EMS) for years to help them reach defined environmental objectives. Now, a streamlined environmental management tool is available to all corporations in the form of ISO 14001, an internationally recognized environmental management system conformance standard. Very similar in structure to the ISO 9001 quality management system standard, ISO 14001 outlines key requirements to which companies should comply in order to operate in an environmentally responsible manner.
The ISO 14000 elements provide diverse organizations a framework for managing and continually improving their environmental programs. Many companies already monitor air and water permits, or toxic use reduction programs. Utilizing ISO 14001, companies can now merge environmental programs into one coherent system to efficiently manage all environmental activities.
In short, ISO 14001 can provide your company a competitive advantage, by demonstrating to your customers that your environmental processes and impact is effectively managed, continually improving, and part of the corporate management system. (See more about ISO14001.)