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Posted 22 July 2021 - 09:20 PM

Hello, I am new to this forum.  I am currently head of Quality/Food Safety for a food manufacturer. Our company purchased a new building last year. We are trying to get FSSC 22000 certified and I am in the middle of organizing information and preparing for 3rd party certification. I have taken the FSSC 22000 implementation course through Register Corp as well as other food safety courses (HACCP, FOOD Defense and FOOD Fraud).  I am also PCQI. Upper management is looking at acquiring a specialty chemical company and would like to take a section of our food facility and retrofit it to take on this new business opportunity. The specialty chemical company will be purchased from our company but have it's own legal name but share our building. Physical walls will be put up to segregate to prevent cross contamination and other measures. The chemical company will have it's own loading dock, warehouse and staff separate to our current food manufacturing activities. The only shared space will be bathrooms, breakroom and office space. The shared spaces also have me worried about possible cross contamination but I will have to conduct a risk assessment to address concerns. I am not crazy about bringing on this new business as it has nothing to do with food products and staff in the chemical company will be repacking chemicals into small bottles and shipping product next to our food manufacturing. My question is, if we have this other business not food related in our building will it affect our FSSC 22000 certification.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  :( Thank you 



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Posted 23 July 2021 - 10:04 AM

Greetings EdL,


As a general answer, no it won't affect your FSSC certification. You just have to manage some things to ensure the cross-contamination.

Examples are the policy about the common spaces and a few suggestions can be like having the personnel leave the overcoat/aprons etc in the specified work area which it can wear again upon entering said area, maybe make a separation of the lockers (eg left side chemical personnel right side food personnel), no personnel crossing from one area to another to greet their buddy!!, in general a robust food culture and training on GMP.

Also, as FSSC has a focus on PRPs you should also make sure about enviromental aspects like chemical leakage prevention from the chemical area to the food area, air filtration to prevent fumes from crossing over as walls may not be always enough for that hazard. You might also want to make a particular evaluation in Food Defense for intentional contamination from "unhappy" personnel and set up special measures, like lock pads which can be specific only to the appropriate personnel in each area and security cams etc.

All in all you have to make sure that the segragation and all that it entails is ensuring no cross-contamination occurs.



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Posted 23 July 2021 - 11:40 AM

The issue will be that YOU have no authority over the other employees-----------so if you have (and you will) issues, it's on the "other" company to correct them


They will have to receive the same basic HACCP training as part of onboarding so they understand the implications of not following the rules


No implication to certification though

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