Recently, FSSC22000 and GMP+ International agreed to enter into a world-wide strategic partnership. Both organizations expect that this partnership will benefit food companies, which also produce (by-)products for use in animal feeding. It results in a low-cost solution for the food companies with receiving a FSSC22000 certificate for the food market and a GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (GMP+ FSA) certificate to meet the demands in the animal feed market at once.
Both organizations agreed to draft a certification protocol for a combined audit for FSSC22000 and GMP+ FSA certification. This protocol should become available spring 2018. Application of this protocol enables a food company to implement the standards from both certification schemes and certification bodies to assess compliance in one audit in two certificates.
Partnership of FSSC22000 and GMP+ International is mostly in the interest of the producers of both food and feed products. Firstly, companies like oil seed crushers, wheat millers and other cereal processors, they produce products for the human food industry (oil, flour, starch), while the by-products are sold to the animal feed market. Secondly, it is about integrations involved in production of poultry meat, pork, eggs and aqua produces as well as in the production of the mixed feeds for the animal husbandry animals. The combined audit possibility for the FSSC2220 and GMP+ certification schemes avoids overlap and double cost and provide certificates valuable in the food as well feed market.
GMP+ International is a global leader in animal feed certification, addressing feed safety assurance (GMP+ FSA) as well as feed responsibility issues (GMP+ FRA). It operates on the base of well-balanced multi-stakeholders’ participation in the feed & food chain. Today, more than 16,000 companies / locations in the entire animal feed (supply) chain in 80 countries around the world are GMP+ certified.