Silva International Acquires Second GFSI Accreditation in Five Years

April 28th 2015 Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was created to both “benchmark” and “approve” existing food industry audits and auditing bodies to increase confidence within the global supply chain and reduce repetitive audits within manufacturing. Silva International Inc. had been accredited under the GFSI’s BRC Global Standard for Food Safety since 2010, and officially moved to both a new certification body with SAI Global and new accreditation scheme in FSSC22000 in 2015. 

FSSC22000 standards were developed through a wide and open consultation with a large number of related organizations. This was a response to the need of the international food sector to have an independent, ISO-based food safety scheme for third party auditing and certification for their Food Safety Management System.

FSSC22000, as an ISO based system, can readily integrate with additional ISO parameters to be ready for current and future industry concerns for both our brand and our customer’s brands. This system also provides the most transparent means to our customers to communicate that information through. FSSC22000 combines the standards for ISO22000 and the PAS220 technical specifications available in industry; it is also supported by the European Food and Drink Association (CIAA) and the American Groceries Manufacturing Association (GMA).

Silva International Inc., as a growing global supplier for dehydrated vegetable, fruit, herb, and custom blend ingredients, is continuing to improve and develop its quality system and integrate additional parameters, due to increased industry concerns beyond food safety and general product and process quality. Items such as sustainability, diversity, corporate responsibility etc. are easier integrated into a modular system than our former BRC certification. 

As stated by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification in information available online, FSSC 22000 is a management system certification scheme. Schemes like BRC and SQF are process/product certification schemes. This means a significant difference in the audit approach. First, the audit duration of a FSSC audit is longer and the audits have more depth. Another significant difference between a management system audit and a process / product audit is that management system audits focus also much stronger on management commitment, effectiveness, and continuous improvement. This supports the organization in achieving better results and a higher level of conformity.

The initial audit was broken into two segments, the first of which closed in December of 2014, and the second which closed by the end of January 2015, with 5 minor non-conformances. These minor non-conformances were corrected through modification of Silva’s current quality programs and procedures. The certificate was received at the start of April and the final audit report is available as well.

SAI Global provides organizations around the world with information services and solutions for managing risk, achieving compliance and driving business improvement. They audit, certify, and register systems through independent assessment to reduce risk and enhance service and product quality.  They also can provide legal, compliance, and risk management professionals with a broad range of technology enabled programs and consulting services that facilitate good governance and awareness of compliance, ethics and policy issues. Silva International Inc. is excited to partner with such an organization.

There were significant efforts from over 150 different people and countless man-hours devoted to the changeover from BRC to FSSC22000. Looking at the company through a new lens has taught us several new things that we will continue to modify, adapt, implement, and improve. Third party accreditation under both BRC and now through the FSSC22000 standard provides validation that Silva is the leading manufacturer in industry for all of your dehydrated vegetable, herb, and fruit needs.