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Jo’burg’s plant bakery supplier Chemplus wins FSCC 22000 certification

Specialist lubrication company, Chemplus, a leading Jo’burg-based manufacturer of food-grade release agents for the food industry, has won FSSC 22000 certification through SGS. This is believed to be the first and only such certification worldwide for this scope of product.

With over 20 years of experience in the food-additive industry, the company is a valued partner to bakeries across Southern Africa. An industry innovator (it introduced the first successful silicone-based pan-release agent in SA), Chemplus is now the largest pan-release agent supplier, by scope and volume, to plant bakeries in South Africa.

Chemplus’s production process at its Roodepoort plant of its pan-release agents, branded as PANGREASE and PANGLIDE, was FSSC 22000 certified by SGS late in 2014.
What is FSSC 22000?
FSSC 22000, Food Safety System Certification standard, is the latest certification scheme for food manufacturers. It is based on the integration of ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management Systems standard, the Technical Specification TS/ISO22002-1, as well as some additional requirements. Supported by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA), FSSC 22000 has been fully approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
What does it cover?
It has been developed for the certification of food safety systems of food manufacturers that process or manufacture animal products (not including slaughtering and pre-slaughtering), perishable vegetable products, products with a long shelf life and (other) food ingredients like additives, vitamins and bio-cultures.
Who is the scheme for?
The standard is designed for food manufacturers who supply their products to major food retailers or major branded food companies.

 

Under pressure to meet various customer requirements, many food manufacturers are faced with multiple audits and systems, and consequent onerous costs.

As FSSC 22000 has been approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), it allows certified companies to meet the requirements of several global retailers or major branded food companies under a single, internationally-recognised food safety management system.

Manufacturers already certified against the ISO 22000: 2005 standard need to add an additional review against the Technical Specification TS/ISO22002-1, as well as the additional requirements on services, legislation, input controls and supervision of personnel, in order to meet the requirements of the FSSC 22000 certification scheme.

SGS; http://www.sgs.co.za/