Tools to support the self assessment of the performance of Food Safety Management Systems

P.A. Luning, L. Jacxsens, V. Jasson, W.J. Marcelis, J. Kussaga, M. van der Spiegel, M. Koesta, S. Oses Gomez, J. Rovira, F. Devlieghere, M. Uyttendaele

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Changes in food supply chains, health and demographic situations, lifestyle and social situations, environmental conditions, and increased legislative requirements have led to significant efforts in the development of quality and safety management systems in agribusiness and food industry worldwide (Ropkins and Beck, 2000; Efstratiadis, Karirti, and Arvanitoyannis, 2000; Jacxsens, et al, 2009a, Luning and Marcelis, 2009a). Nowadays, companies have implemented various quality assurance (QA) guidelines and standards, such as GMP and HACCP guidelines (like General Principles of food hygiene (Codex Alimentarius 2003), GFSI guidance document (GFSI (2007), and quality assurance standards (like ISO 9001:2008 (2008), ISO22000:2005 (2005), BRC (2008), and IFS (2007) into their company own food safety management system. The performance of such systems in practice is, however, still variable. Moreover, the continuous pressure on food safety management system (FSMS) performance and the dynamic environment wherein the systems operate (such as emerging pathogens, changing consumer demands, developments in preservation techniques) require that they can be systematically analysed to determine opportunities for improvement (Wallace, et al, 2005; Manning et al, 2006; Van der Spiegel et al, 2006; Cornier et al, 2007; Luning et al, 2009a). Within the European project entitled ‘PathogenCombat- EU FOOD-CT-2005-007081’ various tools have been developed to support food companies and establishments in systematically analysing and judging their food safety management system and its microbiological performance as basis for strategic choices on interventions to improve the FSMS performance. This chapter describes briefly principles of the major tools that have been developed and some others, which are still under still under construction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationim&c
Place of PublicationMadrid
PublisherBurgos: Instituto Tomás Pascual Sanz; Universidad de Burgos
Number of pages126
ISBN (Print)9788478670543
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Luning, P. A., Jacxsens, L., Jasson, V., Marcelis, W. J., Kussaga, J., van der Spiegel, M., Koesta, M., Oses Gomez, S., Rovira, J., Devlieghere, F., & Uyttendaele, M. (2010). Tools to support the self assessment of the performance of Food Safety Management Systems. In im&c (pp. 31-43). Burgos: Instituto Tomás Pascual Sanz; Universidad de Burgos.