Hokuriku Coca-Cola Products Co., Ltd., manufacturer of soft drinks, became the first company in Japan to be certified against FSSC 22000, the new global Food Safety Management Systems standard. The audits were performed and the certificate handed by SGS, the world’s leading auditing and certification body. The certification covers the manufacturing operations of Hokuriku.
Certification against FSSC 22000 brings several crucial benefits to Hokuriku Coca-Cola Products Co. Ltd. It helps the company to enhance employee awareness on food safety, be compliant with legal requirements and improve their knowledge and skills related to food safety through an improved and verified Food Safety Management System (FSMS).
“We are committed to continuously improving and making our food safety management systems as effective as possible”, says Mr. Nobuaki Takahashi, Group Leader, Quality Control and Assurance at Hokuriku Coca-Cola Products Co. Ltd in Japan.
“Manufacturers and suppliers within the food supply chain are now requested to demonstrate compliance with a recognized Food Safety Management Systems standard and reassure consumers and retailers about the quality and safety of their products. Hokuriku Coca-Cola Products Co. Ltd has chosen to implement the FSSC 22000 standard as a way to demonstrate their initiative in the area of food safety. It is our pleasure having been able to support them in the certification process”, states Mr. Yuji Takeuchi, the Manager of the Systems & Services Certification business, SGS Japan.
About FSSC 22000
The introduction of FSSC 22000 marks a major step towards a single, internationally accredited and recognized superior food safety standard. It combines the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management standard with the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 220 and other additional requirements, and it is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). GFSI is an organization committed to benchmarking food safety management schemes with an aim towards fostering a convergence between food safety standards.
This program is designed for food manufacturers who supply or plan to supply their products to major food retailers or major branded food companies. Those manufacturers certified against ISO 22000 will only need a review on additional requirements in order to meet the FSSC 22000 certification scheme.
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