Introduction:

The Foundation for Food Safety Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is a company-level certification that helps organizations ensure the supply of safe food and beverages.

The scheme uses international and independent standards such as ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 22003, and technical specifications for sector-specific Pre-Requisite Programs (PRPs), such as ISO/TS 22002-3.

This Process Street checklist is designed to help you successfully implement all of the measures necessary to satisfy this particular PRP program, which is essential for gaining FSSC 22000 certification if you are in the farming industry.

The checklist will cover the following areas:

  • Construction & layout of buildings
  • Premises workspace
  • Waste management
  • Equipment, cleaning & maintenance
  • Management of purchased materials
  • Prevention of cross-contamination
  • Cleaning & sanitizing
  • On-farm storage and transport
  • Pest control
  • Personnel hygiene
  • Management of sick & dead animals
  • Use of veterinary drugs

It should be noted that ISO 22000 identifies areas and programs that must be considered during the development of PRPs (listed above). However, the standard leaves the responsibility for developing the details of the program to the organization; it does not give specific requirements for the pest control program, it asks you as the organization to determine what is appropriate for your organization.

Bearing in mind that not every requirement is clearly stated, it is essential for your team to be incredibly diligent during the internal audit process to put your company in the best position possible for gaining certification when a licensed third-party certifying body conducts the external audit and scheduled audits thereafter.

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The point is to minimize human error, increase accountability, and provide employees with all of the tools and information necessary to complete their tasks as effectively as possible.

Enter basic details

First things first, enter basic details including the company name, location, and inspection date. 


Common prerequisite programs:

Summarize construction & layout of premises

Use the form field below to summarize the construction and layout of your buildings.

You can also upload and/or link to documents that contain relevant information (e.g. floor plans).

Confirm locations of establishments are suitable

Check to verify that the location(s) of your establishments are in compliance with FSSC 22000 requirements. 

Evaluate equipment suitability and maintenance

Use the form field below to summarize your equipment suitability, cleaning and maintenance.

You can also upload and/or link to documents that contain relevant information.

Evaluate personnel hygiene and employee facilities

Use the form field below to summarize what measures you take to maintain personal hygiene and employee facilities.

You can also upload and/or link to documents that contain relevant information.

Evaluate selection and management of suppliers

Evaluate how you go about selecting and managing your suppliers to make sure that you are meeting the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Summarize management of purchased materials

Use the form field below to summarize how you manage purchased materials.

You can also upload and/or link to documents that contain relevant information.

Inspect working animals

Inspect your working animals to make sure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification

Check on-farm storage and transport

Check your on-farm storage units/facilities and transport to make sure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Evaluate cleaning protocol

Use the form field below to summarize what measures you take to ensure proper cleaning and sanitization.

You can also upload and/or link to documents that contain relevant information.

Check containers for waste and hazardous substances

Ensure that all containers used for the disposing of waste and hazardous substances are handled appropriately, as required for FSSC 22000 certification.

Evaluate waste management system

Use the form field below to summarize your waste disposal system.

You can also upload and/or link to documents that contain relevant information.

Evaluate pest control on farm premises

Use the form field below to summarize what measures you take for pest control.

You can also upload and/or link to documents that contain relevant information.

Approval: Common PRP compliance

Will be submitted for approval:
  • Summarize construction & layout of premises
    Will be submitted
  • Confirm locations of establishments are suitable
    Will be submitted
  • Evaluate equipment suitability and maintenance
    Will be submitted
  • Evaluate personnel hygiene and employee facilities
    Will be submitted
  • Evaluate selection and management of suppliers
    Will be submitted
  • Summarize management of purchased materials
    Will be submitted
  • Inspect working animals
    Will be submitted
  • Check on-farm storage and transport
    Will be submitted
  • Evaluate cleaning protocol
    Will be submitted
  • Check containers for waste and hazardous substances
    Will be submitted
  • Evaluate waste management system
    Will be submitted
  • Evaluate pest control on farm premises
    Will be submitted

Prerequisite programs specific to animal production:

Inspect feed and water delivery systems

Inspect all feed and water delivery systems to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Inspect on-farm feed production

Inspect all on-farm feed production systems to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Evaluate pasteurization system

Evaluate your pasteurization system to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Evaluate health management system

Evaluate your health management system to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Evaluate health monitoring system

Evaluate your health monitoring system to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Evaluate management of sick animals

Evaluate the way you manage sick animals to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Evaluate management of dead animals

Evaluate the way you manage dead animals to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Evaluate use of veterinary drugs

Evaluate the use of veterinary drugs to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

FSSC 22000 defines veterinary drugs as: Any substance applied or administered to any food-producing animal such as meat or milk-producing animals, poultry, fish or bees, whether used for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic purposes or for modification of physiological functions or behaviour. 

Evaluate milking procedures

Evaluate your milking procedures to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Evaluate preparation for slaughter

Evaluate preparation for slaughter procedures to ensure they meet the requirements for FSSC 22000 certification. 

Final steps:

Make overall comment on internal audit

Now is the time to review the audit, verify the information, and make an overall comment on how it went and where the organization stands in terms of achieving FSSC 22000 certification.

Also,take the time to identify and document action items moving forward. 

Approval: Internal audit successfully completed

Will be submitted for approval:
  • Make overall comment on internal audit
    Will be submitted

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