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#1 foodmicrochick

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:48 PM

Hi all. Are you aware of this?


LRQA Joins Kraft, Danone, Nestle and Unilever in Development of New Food Safety Specification PAS 220
Last update: 10:42 a.m. EDT Oct. 31, 2008

HOUSTON, Oct 31, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- For the past 6 months, Cor Groenveld, Global Food Safety Manager and Sector Specialist of Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), has worked along side representatives of Kraft, Danone, Nestle, Unilever, McDonald's and General Mills in a collective steering group aimed to develop the new food safety Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 220. The PAS covers prerequisites for food manufacturers' food safety programs and is intended to assist in controlling food-safety hazards.
Development of the PAS was sponsored by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA) and the objectives in developing the specification included:
-- identifying harmonization among the prerequisite programs for food manufacturing
-- realizing further acceptance of ISO 22000, the international standard for food safety management systems
-- fulfilling additional expectations and requirements of food manufacturing stakeholders, including food retailers and food-service providers.
PAS 220 is intended to be used in conjunction with ISO 22000 and is applicable to all organizations, regardless of size or complexity, which are involved in manufacturing processes within the food supply chain and supports them to implement effective prerequisite programs. The PAS details requirements for prerequisite programs in relation to ISO 22000 and covers critical components of the food manufacturing process, including:
-- consideration of construction and layout of buildings
-- supplies of water, energy and air
-- measures for the prevention of cross contamination
-- food defense, biovigilance and bioterrorism
-- product-recall procedures.
"Development of the PAS is considered to be a major step towards achieving full acceptance of ISO 22000 throughout the food supply chain," commented Groenveld. "From LRQA's perspective, consideration for providing harmonization in implementing food safety management systems that would enable more effective, robust, and independent audits and third-party certification was essential in its development," he added.
LRQA provides additional information on PAS 220 and ISO 22000 at www.lrqausa.com/pas220.aspx.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
-- LRQA (Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance), is a leading global business assurance provider, delivering independent and impartial assessment, certification, verification and training services to a wide range of organizations around the world, including food and beverage manufacturers, service providers, distributors and retailers.
-- LRQA has issued thousands of global approvals in areas including food safety and security, environmental management, quality, health and safety, and supply chain security.
-- Over half of the world's top 200 companies choose LRQA for their Business Assurance needs, and LRQA serves more than half of the world's top consumer food companies.
-- LRQA is a member of the Lloyd's Register Group, which provides independent assurance to companies operating high risk capital intensive assets in energy and transportation to enhance the safety of life, property and the environment, thereby helping our clients ensure safe, responsible and sustainable supply chains. The Group comprises charities and non-charitable companies, with the latter supporting the charities in their main goal.
SOURCE: Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance


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Posted 07 November 2008 - 12:54 AM

is the pas 220 will share to around theworld? or just for the company that include in pas 220?.

IMO.. there is god news if they (big company) will share they good system to another company especially that pas 220 can apply to SME's...


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Posted 07 November 2008 - 02:52 PM

I just read the final draft. It looks really good!


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Posted 12 November 2008 - 09:34 PM

To be honest having read the press release twice I still don't understand the point of it??? Maybe I'm being a bit stupid. :dunno:


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Posted 13 November 2008 - 04:20 AM

Dear All,

Although presumably obvious to everyone but me, the link in 1st post does not include the last dot (".") :smile:

I thought "publically available" meant free :angry:

The price seems to be rapidly going up as well. Another prerequisite ?

compare
http://www.bsi-globa...000000030164641

and
http://www.bsigroup....000000030181317

Looks like a way of selling ISO22000 in UK ? Or perhaps it's BRC approved as well ??

Nonetheless, the idea is interesting, especially if it's "generally" publically available. :smile:

Is the draft publically accessible Erasmo ?

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:45 PM

Now I know what it is I see this as a challenege to BRC et al. Still not sure the British Retailers will go for something outside of their family though.


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Posted 14 November 2008 - 01:52 AM

Dear All,

Is the draft publically accessible Erasmo ?

Rgds / Charles.C



Not that I know; At this time it is only a draft. But to tell you the truth, it looks really similar to section 4 of BRC.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 07:00 PM

my understanding is PAS 220 is only available through BSI - 70 British pounds. It is supposed to be used in conjunction with ISO 22000 and the hope is the two together along with an audit protocol will be accepted by GFSI.


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Posted 24 November 2008 - 11:29 AM

Hi All,

Please find below information and why PAS 220 was published

What is PAS 220?
Published on 25 October 2008, Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 220:2008 is a standard which specifies requirements for prerequisite programmes to assist in controlling food safety risks within the manufacturing processes of international food supply chains. This PAS is intended to be used in conjunction with ISO 22000, the internationally recognized standard for food safety management systems. ISO 22000 sets out specific food safety requirements for organizations in the food chain. One such requirement is that organizations establish, implement and maintain prerequisite programmes (PRP) to assist in controlling food safety hazards. PAS 220 has been developed to be used to support management systems designed to meet the requirements specified in ISO 22000, and sets out the detailed requirements for those perquisite programmes.

Background and drivers
The drivers for the development of PAS 220 were established by four of the largest food manufacturers, Danone, Kraft, Unilever and Nestle, who are collectively known as the G4.They in partnership with the Confederation of Food and Drink Industries (CIAA) sponsored the development of the PAS. The current food safety standards market is dominated by retailer driven standards. BRC and IFS are the most common retailer private standards and it is often mandatory to be certified to BRC/IFS for suppliers of retailer branded products. Large food manufacturers of own branded products, such as the G4, prefer to use ISO 22000 because it provides a management system process approach, which enables the integration of their FSMS (food safety management system) with their other management systems. However, there were two main concerns with ISO 22000. Firstly ISO 22000 did not specify requirements for PRP which are critical to food manufacturers – PAS 220 addresses this. Secondly, the adoption of ISO 22000 has been restricted because the standard is not a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) approved standard due to it not having a scheme owner (ISOs being public standards as opposed to standards such as BRC which are owned by a trade association). All major food manufacturers are part of the GFSI. The development of the PAS 220 and the fact that it has a scheme owner allows it to be submitted to the GFSI for benchmarking and subsequent approval. This development we expect will increase the value of ISO 22000 and PAS 220 in the food manufacturing industry driving certification globally to an internationally recognized standard.


PAS 220:2008 specifies requirements for establishing, implementing and maintaining prerequisite programmes (PRP) to assist in controlling food safety hazards. It applies to all organizations, regardless of size or complexity. It also applies to all who are involved in the manufacturing step of the food chain and wish to implement PRP in such a way as to address the requirements specified in ISO 22000.
PAS 220:2008 is not designed or intended for use in other parts of the food supply chain. Food manufacturing operations are diverse and not all of the requirements specified in this PAS apply to an individual establishment or process.
PAS 220:2008 specifies detailed requirements to be considered including:
a) Construction and layout of buildings and associated utilities
b) Layout of premises, including workspace and employee facilities
c) Supplies of air, water, energy and other utilities
d) Supporting services, including waste and sewage disposal
e) Suitability of equipment and its accessibility for cleaning, maintenance and preventive maintenance
f) Management of purchased materials
g) Measures for the prevention of cross contamination
h) Cleaning and sanitizing
i) Pest control
j) Personnel hygiene.
It also adds other aspects that are considered relevant to manufacturing operations:
i) Rework
ii) Product recall procedures
iii) Warehousing
iv) Product information and consumer awareness
v) Food defence, biovigilance and bioterrorism.


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Posted 24 November 2008 - 11:49 AM

Dear Joy Franks,

Thanks for that.

I hv one "simple" question - Does it require Risk Assessments for the PRPs or is it prescriptive ?

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 12:41 PM

Hi Charles,

Its presciptive, and only applicable to food manufacturing not catering etc. The reason the G4 wanted this is so they can put forward a scheme around ISO 22000 and PAS 220 to get it accepted as one of the GFSI approved schemes. The aim is that companies can have ISO 22000 with PAS 220 in the scope.

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 09:12 PM

Hiya,

Just on another question, the two links shown are for two different PAS standards. PAS 96 is defending food and drink and is the new food security standard, PAS 220 is the one related to ISO 22000 and the price of them is different

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:41 AM

HAllo Joy..

Is PASS 220 suitable for SME's ? (Small Medium enterprices)


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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:03 AM

Hi There,

PAS 220 is only going to be audited along with ISO 22000 but yes it is suitable for SME's, its all about how good and streamline the system you put in place is. If you already have ISO 22000 and have put in place your pre requisites, there is not alot of work to meet the requirements of the PAS.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 12:25 AM

thanks for the replay joy...
do you have any sample of pass 220 ? I mean if compare with food basic hygiene from codex, is pass 220 more practical ?


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Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:49 AM

Dear Joy,

Thank you for a providing a clear info on PAS220.


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Posted 29 November 2008 - 08:17 PM

does anyone know how we can get our hands on this document??


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Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:10 PM

Dear QA Trainee,

I assume you mean for minimal expenditure. :whistle: I guess you need to make a good friend at BSI or somewhere similar (or a library perhaps where the "copy"right has been paid for).

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 06:07 PM

Hiya All,

I am putting together a free webinar on PAS220, so once its complete I will let you all have the link. I will also try and get a discount code for you guys to be able to buy it cheaper.


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Posted 01 December 2008 - 05:33 AM

that sounds great joy :biggrin: i know it will really help us for the future!


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Posted 01 December 2008 - 06:18 PM

Hiya All,

I am putting together a free webinar on PAS220, so once its complete I will let you all have the link. I will also try and get a discount code for you guys to be able to buy it cheaper.


Thank you in advance,
I think it will be very useful for all of us.
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 08:37 AM

It was never the intention of ISO 22000 to be of prescriptive nature as it bases the key elements of interactive communication; system management; PRP and HACCP Principles to drive an effective food safety system.

Furthermore, ISO 22000 clearly states that "during hazard analysis, the organization itself DETERMINES the STRATEGY to be used to ensure hazard control by combining the PRP(s), Operational PRP(s) and the HACCP Plan" - the meaning behind this statement is very clear to me.

Sure, it is possible to apply PAS220 along side ISO 22000 but with CAC-RCP 1-1969 freely available and equally adequate, I cannot see PAS220 making a strong statement. However, for the purpose of FSMS Audit, only conformity to the ISO 22000 International Standard requirements would suffice and nothing else is an alternative.


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Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:39 PM

Dear Suzuki,

I am very happy that you find ISO 22000 very clear regarding the implementation of PRPs esp vis-a-vis OPRPS. :thumbup: Unfortunately, I dare to suggest that hundreds (thousands?) are much less enlightened. Even after endless readings I still find the presentation a mess as to what they really mean. The pre-publication drafts were far more intelligible IMO but were obviously not accepted due to opposing internal views.

Looks to me like the ISO organisation are now more concerned as to sharing the slices of the pie, even if grabbing some of the BRC customers in the process.

However I agree with you that Codex does do a decent coverage of PRPs if that truly matches what ISO 22k wants.

On the other hand, a parallel document spelling out the selection procedure for OPRPs with some worked examples for typical processes would hv an instantly ready market IMO. Maybe the "ISO guidelines publication" referred in another thread does this but somehow I doubt it.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 09:07 AM

Dear Charles C.
For the manner in which each standard (private, national, sectoral or international etc) demand for conformity to its requirements, the differences amongst them is indeed clearly stated in the respective standard itself.

While Codex has clearly worked out a decent coverage of PRPs, the suitability and effectiveness of implementing them depend entirely on the requirements of the FBO and its FSMS.

Base on sound selection criteria of PRPs by the respective food safety team for its FSMS, the corresponding OPRPs should really be designed / customized to suit the dynamic nature of a food process environment that is likely to differ with another FBO even though the product or process category may be similar or largely similar.

To a greater extent, I agree that the interpretations if ISO22K is some what more encompassing that a lot of people think but thats the dynamic nature of this international standard so much so that it is left entirely to the FBO and the team members to determine whats best for the FSMS in ensuring that safe foods can be delivered consistently.


Edited by Suzuki, 04 December 2008 - 09:09 AM.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 02:57 PM

i fully agree with you guys. we are all still confused with certain points with regards to iso. the most important point that came across during the iso 22000 training that our food safety team attended was that we could have any system implemented to manage our factory, just so long as we can prove that food safety is ensured!
i think thats what the key aspect of the standard is, it is vague in certain regards because people interpret it differently as no two businesses are the same. one thing is for certain, that if you can prove that the system implemented ensures food safety then their shouldnt be a problem :smile:


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