For whom is FSSC 22000 Feed most suitable?
FSSC Feed is in a difficult position in the Netherlands. On the one hand, large retailers expect GFSI recognised certification from their suppliers, on the other hand, the animal feed sector has its own certification of GMP+ International and FSSC is not yet recognised by GMP+.
Nevertheless, FSSC remains an interesting scheme. While other certification schemes such as IFS and BRC provide explicit rules on how companies should control food safety, FSSC leaves more room for their own interpretation. With regard to the animal feed industry, FSSC can be a valuable scheme in particular for pet food producers. Pet food is next to food in the supermarket and it is precisely those companies that ask for a GFSI recognised certificate.
Schouten Advies expects FSSC to continue to grow in the coming years, particularly in the Food market. In the animal feed sector, FSSC 22000 seems to us to be particularly interesting for consumer-oriented products such as pet foods.
GMP+ International and FSSC 22000 are in discussion with each other about a guidance that should make a combined audit possible, in order to reduce the costs of audits.
If you want to know more or discuss the possibilities of FSSC for your company, please contact our FSSC expert Nico Feenstra.