Food Safety Management Systems

A Food Safety Management System (FSMS) is not only a legal requirement of EC Regulation 852/2004, but a helpful tool to ensure safe practices are followed within your business.


What is a Food Safety Management System?

A FSMS is a systematic approach to controlling food safety hazards within a food business in order to ensure that food is safe to eat. All businesses are required to put in place, implement and maintain a FSMS based on the principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).


What is Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point?

HACCP is an international method of ensuring that food is always safe to eat, set out in Article 5 of EC Regulation 852/2004. It involves identifying food hazards and working out what needs to be done to eliminate them, or to sufficiently control them.


How do I start?

View information about Gain and Retain which is a package which helps you to enhance and improve your food procedures, ensuring you do things the right way! 

You, or someone in your business needs to have sufficient training or knowledge of hygiene matters and the activities in the business in order to write up a suitable food safety management system, or adapt one that has been produced as a model template.

The type of system you need will depend on the size and type of business. Large businesses and manufacturers will need very detailed written systems and highly trained people to write them, but small caterers will only need a simple system.

Visit the Food Standards Agency website to view a range of food safety management packs for different sectors of the food industry to help food business operators manage their food safety management procedures.

Last updated: 01/03/2021 16:14

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