City restaurants are becoming FSM 22000 food safety certified to further protect patrons with guidance from city certified auditors
FSM 22000, the most robust food safety management standard in the United States designed to help recognize restaurants that maintain and improve their food safety management system has been introduced to the city of New York at http://www.fsm22000.com. According to the National Food Safety Council (NFSC), being FSM 22000 certified enables restaurants to have a third party food safety management system that ensures consumer trust, and demonstrates restaurant management commitment to food safety and quality. The FSM 22000 Food Safety Management System provides a framework for effectively managing and obtaining recognition for achieving your restaurant’s food safety responsibilities. It’s a significant improvement over the outdated food safety standard known as ISO 22000:2005 developed by the International Organization for Standardization.
Restaurants and the public can review an introduction video about FSM 22000 at http://fsm22000.com/video/
Henry Kroger spokesman for NFSC, an signatory of the American Board of Accredited Certifications, said FSM 22000 food safety management standard helps restaurants identify and control food safety hazards. “The potential of unsafe food served in restaurants have serious health risks and as a consequence can have a significant negative impact on the establishment’s reputation and bottom line,” said Kroger. He added, “FSM 22000 food safety management certification enables restaurants to most effectively identify and eliminate the many potential risks and hazards at all levels, including supply chain, storage, refrigeration, food preparation, cooking equipment, utensils, cleaning, as well as the handling and serving of food and beverages.”
The latest studies have shown that FSM 22000 certification demonstrates a food establishment’s commitment to food safety and quality, and helps improve effectiveness through third-party audits, consultation, and management reviews. FSM 22000 improves the restaurants’ all-around Food Safety Management System (FSMS) which helps correct and more importantly prevent regulatory violations as explained in detail at http://fsm22000.com/about
Due to the increased volume of food products being imported into New York City from all over the world, reports have shown food safety is a serious and growing public health problem in the Big Apple, one that could lead to expensive consequences for restaurants and result in situations that require costly improvements. “Food safety is not negotiable,” said Kroger. According to the FSM 22000 website, the organization provides full-service inspections from professionally trained food safety auditors certified by the New York City Department of Health & Hygiene who work closely with restaurants owners and managers as more of a consultant than an inspector. Kroger said auditors are trained to provide test compliance solutions to ensure statutory and regulatory requirements are met as mandated by the New York health department, EPA, OSHA, National Food Safety Council, as well as other local, state and national compliances.
FSM 22000 is a food/quality/safety certification that requires the restaurant to meet the statutory and regulatory requirements. It is the only food safety management system program that consists of local, state, and national oversight set forth by both governmental and private entities. Being FSM 22000 certified ensures patrons that the establishment follows the very highest standards of food safety in the country with complete confidence. FSM 22000 consultants are required to provide fundamental solutions that will improve food safety and service.
Restaurants interested in FSM 22000 food safety certification can submit an application at http://fsm22000.com/apply.html