PAS 220:2008 was compiled by the National Institute of Great Britain (BSI) with input from leading companies in manufacturing and marketing of foodstuff such as Danone, Kraft Foods, Unilever and Nestle as a supporting material of ISO 22000:2005. The purpose was to determine specific requirements for basic conditions and activities that are necessary to maintain proper hygiene environment, known as prerequisites (PRPs), which referred to the ISO 22000:2005 as measures for evaluation. Thereby a certification scheme for food businesses was created which was recognized by the body GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) as equivalent , with other formats such as BRC, IFS and the SQF 2000 Code.
FSSC 22000 is addressed at all businesses in the food chain involved in the production , processing and / or standardization of food than primary production , and matches primarily at businesses that due of their export activities, wish to be certified in a format acceptable to top food companies worldwide . It also targets businesses that their logistical infrastructure is one of their strengths and seek to distinguish themselves by taking more stringent measures to ensure the safety of their products.
The FSSC 22000 is developed by following these steps:
The main advantages of FSSC 22000 is the recognition by the body GFSI equivalent systems BRC Standard for Food, IFS Food Standard and SQF 2000 Code, while is a system tailored to safety without putting high demands on the quality of food, which may be an advantage of the system for a company that wants to focus on food safety. Businesses already implementing ISO 22000:2005 and the logistical infrastructure is one of their strengths can easily upgrade their system and fulfilling the requirements of PAS 220:2008 gain certification FSSC 22000.