A critical element within the food supply chain is the transport and storage of food and packaging materials. Growers, manufacturers, and processors of food, as well as food service organizations and retailers, all rely on an intricate distribution network to ensure that products arrive safely and in good condition at their destination.
It is the responsibility of organizations involved in the transportation and storage of food to protect the foods, ingredients, and raw or packaging materials from hazards, contamination, and adulteration during transport and storage, including possible (re)packing activities.
FSSC 22000 provides a framework for food safety management and the use of best practices to achieve this. Furthermore, it gives customers assurance of the adherence to food safety standards throughout this stage of the supply chain.
"As a logistics provider, we acquired FSSC 22000 certification within the scope related to products and services of temperature controlled delivery. During the audit process not only our food safety management system has been audited, we also managed to improve our quality index by conducting improvement activities through traceability."Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.
FSSC 22000 Certification is applicable to all organizations providing transport and storage services in the food industry.
The scope applies to all food products, ingredients, and food packaging and covers transport and storage from any point within the supply chain on land, by rail, air, and over water such as:
- farm to processor
- primary processor to manufacturer
- manufacturer to off-site warehouses
- warehouse to retail store or restaurant
- store or restaurant to the final customer