Food Safety Certification Scheme -How to Choose? and Tips

The Global Food Safety Initiatives combined globally recognized certified food safety schemes, that are benchmark to meet global food safety requirements. That leaves us with numerous options for certification schemes to choose from including Safe Quality Foods (SQF), BRC Global Standard, FSSC 22000. The full list of certified food safety schemes and the relevant applications is available here.

Although the basic needs for food safety are similar, each of these schemes have its own pros and cons in what the scheme focused on. So, for the consumer of “food safety certification scheme”, which one is the best for you?

Ultimately, it depends on your customers and geographic location that you are operating and exporting to. In Asia, you may find FSSC 22000 which is based on ISO 22000 requirements are more prevalent and recognized. In North America, most food manufacturer will choose SQF while BRC is more popular in European countries.

Personally, I have worked with several food safety schemes including SQF, FSSC 22000 and Primus GFS and I must say they are very similar. The differences are the clause of the schemes may not be in the same order or the specific of the clause may be slightly more or less.

If you are starting up with setting a food safety program, it may be overwhelming. Thus, it is very important to be able to get the right person that have experience with some of these schemes and flexible adapting the difference in clauses.

Hope it helps 🙂

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