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NSF International has obtained ISO 22000 accreditation from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). The accreditation enables Ann Arbor, Mich.-based NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods, to register food safety management systems for companies worldwide. NSF International is among the first certification bodies to gain such approval from Milwaukee-based ANAB.
In a climate where food companies are increasingly seeking quality assurance standards and systems to boost their overall safety and quality efforts, implementing ISO 22000 is an effective way to demonstrate such a commitment, according to NSF International.
Created by the International Organization of Standardization to ensure proper and universally accepted food safety procedures are being followed throughout the supply chain, ISO 22000 shares a common foundation with universally accepted Quality Management Standard ISO 9001, but includes a greater focus on food safety management and incorporates Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles.
Earning accreditation for ISO 22000 complements NSF International’s existing portfolio of food safety management services, which also includes certifications to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-benchmarked standards such as Safe Quality Food (SQF) and British Retail Consortium (BRC).
“NSF International has sixty-five years of experience in food safety inspection, certification and auditing that provide an advance level of competence and has proved invaluable to companies in the food industry,” noted NSF International VP of supply chain food safety and quality Tom Chestnut. “This accreditation is a natural evolution of our extensive food safety credentials. The food industry relies on NSF International to provide credible food safety management system registrations to companies throughout the world.”
To earn accreditation, the organization had to submit to a stringent application and auditing process that included a formal review of processes and procedures, auditor qualifications and a witness audit. Going forward, NSF International will need to undergo a yearly office and witness audit to maintain its accreditation.