The service can cut down on paperwork and costs needed to meet the major international safety certifications needed by food and drink processors. Food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and other players within the complex supply chains are often under pressure to satisfy various customer requirements, said SGS. "Complex supply chains can mean multiple, parallel requirements for suppliers and lead to duplicate systems, audits and paper work," SGS stated. "Yet, there are many similarities in the requirements of most international food safety and quality standards." SGS said it has developed a set of services that help processors meet the requirements of most internationally recognised food safety or quality standard including ISO 22000, ISO 9001, HACCP, GMP, BRC and IFS with a single audit. The audit pack from SGS allows processors to construct a unified food safety and quality management system, the company claimed. The audit results in a single report with a consolidated set of conclusions. The single audit provides a cost-effective route to achieve quality and safety objectives through eliminating operational disruption and through cutting the costs associated with management of multiple systems, said Supreeya Sansawat, SGS' global manager for food safety services. "We have listened to our clients and heard their growing concern about how to effectively manage the multiple, often parallel requirements they face across the supply chains," said Sansawat.
One audit can achieve multiple food safety certifications under a new global service offered by a Switzerland-based company.