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it’s crucial to stay ahead of the curve. FSSC 22000 V6 ushers in a paradigm shift that seeks to fortify our strategies against the ever-changing landscape of Food Fraud and Food Defense.

In the ever-evolving realm of food safety, it’s crucial to stay ahead of the curve. FSSC 22000 V6 ushers in a paradigm shift that seeks to fortify our strategies against the ever-changing landscape of Food Fraud and Food Defense. While the changes we’ll explore are interconnected, they hold unique implications for ensuring the safety and authenticity of the food we consume.


1. Precision through Methodology:

Imagine a world where every food fraud and defense assessment follows a defined methodology. FSSC 22000 V6 makes this vision a reality by making it a requirement. In the past, guidelines for these assessments existed, but they weren’t obligatory. The new version elevates the playing field, ensuring that our approach is consistent, thorough, and geared toward combating the complexities of food adulteration. This transformation stems from the understanding that a unified methodology can become our strongest weapon against intentional tampering.

2. Encompassing All:

No stone unturned – that’s the mantra that defines the second major shift. FSSC 22000 V6 emphasizes the need to cover all processes and products within an organization’s scope during both assessment and implementation planning. This inclusivity isn’t entirely new; earlier guidelines suggested it as a best practice. However, in the latest version, it takes center stage as a mandatory requirement. This all-encompassing approach aims to leave no vulnerabilities, aligning perfectly with the global goal of ensuring food safety from every angle.

3. Evolving Specialization:

Within the Brokering, Trading, and E-commerce category, the landscape is unique. Here, the absence of physical handling of food products presents a distinct challenge in identifying adulteration. FSSC 22000 V6 steps up to this challenge by introducing Food Fraud and Food Defense as additional requirements. The focus shifts to suppliers, and a new demand emerges – a comprehensive food defense and food fraud mitigation plan. This change reflects our industry’s adaptability to new realms of food safety, where virtual transactions wield a unique influence.


As we conclude our exploration of the novel changes in Food Fraud and Food Defense within FSSC 22000 V6, we recognize the transformational journey we’re embarking upon. These shifts echo the dynamic nature of food safety, aiming for consistency, inclusivity, and specialization – all under the banner of securing our global food supply chain.


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PS: This is the second blog on the 10 most important changes brought by FSSC 22000 version 6. Read the others and start working on the transition.

  1. Radionuclides: Radioactive isotopes of elements (radionuclides) are naturally present in the environment, and that includes our bodies and our food and water. We are exposed to radiation (also known as background radiation) from these radionuclides on a daily basis. Radiation comes from space (i.e., cosmic rays) as well as from naturally-occurring radioactive materials (radionuclides) found in the soil, water and air. Radioactivity can be detected in food and water and the concentration of naturally-occurring radionuclides varies depending on several factors such as local geology, climate and agricultural practices.

  1. Radionuclides Rule: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates radionuclides in drinking water to protect public health. Radionuclides in water at amounts greater than the drinking water standards may cause health problems. On December 7, 2000, EPA published the Radionuclides Final Rule. The new rule revised the radionuclides regulation, which had been in effect since 1977. The revisions set new monitoring requirements for community water systems (CWS). This ensured customers receive water meeting maximum contaminant levels (MCL) for radionuclides in drinking water.
  2. The United States Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.–Hazard-Analysis-and-Risk-Based-Preventive-Controls-for-Human-Food—Potential-Hazards-Associated-with-the-Manufacturing–Processing–Packing–and-Holding-of-Human-Food-%28Chapter-3%29-Download.pdf

This article was written by:

Nuno F. Soares

Contributing Editor: Jocelyn C. Lee, Food Safety Consultant

Disclaimer: The information contained on this article is based on research done in the last months and the authors personal experience and opinion. It is not intended to represent the view of any organization they work for or collaborate with. The authors will not be held liable for the use or misuse of the information provided in the article.

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