FAMI-QS – EU – QS-Charta
FAMI-QS is designed for organizations that manufacture feed additives and/or supply individual components to the feed industry.FAMI-QS is the feed additive and premixture manufacturers’ reaction to the European Regulation (EC) 183/2005 on feed hygiene. The standard represents a European system for Good Manufacturing Practice in feed safety. Its application is designed to guarantee safety and good hygienic conditions throughout the entire food production chain, to include all components. The assessment provides manufacturers of feed components and suppliers from third world countries with an opportunity to demonstrate the safety of their processes and their conformity with the requirements of FAMI-QS.BenefitsFulfillment of the requirements of FAMI-QS and safeguarding of corresponding markets
Improved confidence of customers and retailers in the organization’s ability to perform
Integration of state-of-the-art procedures in respect of hazard analysis, risk appraisal, and preventive strategies into the existing management system
Increased product safety and reduced risk of product liability
In the year 2005, the hygiene provisions of the European Union were elevated to regulation level, making them direct and applicable law in all EU member states. The new hygiene legislation is commonly referred to as the “Hygiene Package”.What comprises the Hygiene Package?The so-called “Basic Regulation”, Regulation (EC) 178/2002, was passed in January of 2002. Its objective, as well as the objective of all further provisions, is to create a uniform standard for food hygiene and food safety within the single European market, which will ensure a high level of consumer protection without compromising the free movement of goods. The regulation sets down the general principles and requirements of food law; it also governs the duties of food business operators to inform and to cooperate with the authorities, as well as an obligation for product traceability. It also includes provisions for establishing the European Food Safety Authority, for laying down procedures in matters of food safety, and for the implementation of an early warning system for emergencies. On the basis of this regulation, all the others came into being.A general regulation on food hygiene (Regulation (EC) 852/2004) governs the basic requirements for companies that manufacture, process, package or place foodstuffs on the market. Specific rules for food of animal origin are set forth in Regulation (EC) 853/2004, which is supplemented by Regulation (EC) 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs. The package is completed by the addition of two regulations on the control and inspection of foodstuffs, Regulation (EC) 854/2004 for foods of animal origin, and Regulation (EC) 882/2004 for the general control of food business operators.Fundamental changes
By applying the same requirements, the hygiene package places food and animal feed on an equal footing for the first time ever. This is further enhanced by Regulation (EC) 183/2005 and its provisions for feed hygiene. The package also clearly assigns responsibility for food and feed safety to the food or feed business operator. The hygiene package is supplemented by the new Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 on materials and articles intended for food contact.
QS is designed for organizations involved in the production and placing on the market of meat and meat products – to include the animal feed industry, agriculture, meat processors and retailers – as well as the farmers of fruits, vegetables, and potatoes who want to take advantage of a reliable system to guarantee both quality and origin in the long term.QS – quality and safety alliance is a comprehensive system for assuring both quality and origin throughout the food production chain, with continuous documentation and monitoring at all levels. It was first introduced to the meat industry, but has since been extended to cover the fields of farming, fruits and vegetables, and potatoes.BenefitsSafe and efficient process flows in respect of product safety, hygiene and health protection
Improved consumer confidence through transparency and traceability
Certification work flowWhat is specific to a QS assessment is that any non-conformities will be separated into three categories, which then specify the assessment intervals. After the assessment, the organization receives action plans with the non-conformities, if any. DQS decides on the success of the certification. The organization receives a report and their certificate, and needs to work through the non-conformities within a specified period of time.
Synergies can be realized when assessing an integrated management system according to various standards at the same time.