ISO 22000/Food Safety Management

ISO 22000 is essential for any size of business which wishes to effectively address and manage food safety risks and follow best-practice when it comes to food safety.

What is ISO 22000?

The international standard ISO 22000 provides all the necessary organizations structures and the minimum requirements to be met by an organizations or company to obtain ISO 22000 certification, it is applicable to all organizations regarding of size and complexity, which are directly or indirectly involved in food production

Why is ISO 22000 important for your business?

Certification of such a system ensures the recognition of the company’s commitment reduce risks, improve the production process and comply with the law. Certification according to ISO 22000 facilitates all company’s operation and strengthens its position in relation to the internal and external competition Certification creators confidence inside and outside the company Audits carried out by the Certification Body, ensures the company the possibility of continuous improvement an development

The benefits of ISO 22000

  • Compliance with the requirements of EU and national legislation
  • Increased safety of products
  • Improved quality of service
  • Confirmation of customer satisfaction
  • Enhanced readiness of the business to emergency food crises

Reduced failures and quick understanding of good practices

Hazard Analysis &Critical Control Points (HACCP)

HACCP Codex Alimentarius is an international guideline based on the preventive management of food safety issues and its application is obligatory according to European and international legislation. LeberoAssurance provides certification services of Food Safety Management Systems according to HACCP CODEX ALIMENTARIUS specification 

What is HACCP?

HACCP CODEX ALIMENTARIUS is an international specification based on the preventive management of food safety issues it was issued by the Codex Alimentarius Committee and its implementation is mandatory under many legislation. It consists of a group of hygiene based on

  • The analysis and the trace of hazards and
  • The evaluation as to their importance
  • The determination of critical control points
  • The documented control and the verification of the preventive measures

Through the monitoring and the verification of the effectiveness of measures taken a preventive food safety management system is created, which assures compliance with the valid legislation and is a tool for further improvement. Aimed at all companies involved in the supply chain of any size

The Benefits of HACCP:

The benefits for an organization certified according to the HACCP CODEX ALIMENTARIUS include

  • Documented conformity with the relevant national and European legislation
  • Decrease of the deviations and detection of wrong practices
  • Readiness for the management of nutritional crises
  • Strengthening consumers feeling of security for the organization and its products
  • Continuous improvement of the organization’s quality of services and products

Gluten-Free Certification

The Gluten-Free certification Program is designed for retailers, manufactures food service provide and farmers who are willing to conform with various government regulations and/ or the codex Alimentarius gluten-free science based guideline.

Delivered by third-party ISO/IEC 17021-1 accredited certifying bodies, GFCO is a non-prescriptive HACCP, based standard. The present standard can be integrated with ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 Management standards

Why choose VQS International

Gluten Free certification from LiberoAssurance will help your organization compliance with a team of highly competent auditors we aim to deliver direct convenient and reliable service to our customers tailored to their needs and implement a framework by applying a systematic approach to manage their business processes with respect to customer’s demands and regulatory requirements. The services that LiberoAssurance offers involve:

  • Competitive fee with no hidden charge or unexpected invoices
  • Qualified personnel dedicated to your specific business sector that can provide effective added value
  • We can also act as a one-stop provider for many of your certification needs by offering bundled product testing and certification services

VQS International certification mark

Gluten-Free certification mark from LiberoAssurance demonstrates your compliance towards continuous excellence. The prestige of the LiberoAssurance certification mark also indicates that your systems and processes have been evaluated by one of the most recognized names in quality and compliance

Vegetarian Certification

Vegan/Vegetarian friendly is a private certification scheme developed by LiberoAssurance for vegetarian and vegan food producers

This certification scheme aims to provide confidence to the end consumer that

  • The products do not contain meat and animal tissue
  • Its ingredients have not been tested on animals by or on behalf of the company
  • The processing aids used in the manufacturing process are vegetarian and
  • Contains no GMO’s from genes.

Vegan Certification

Vegan products

  • Do not use animal-based food ingredients adjuvants or manufacturing auxiliaries
  • The processing aids used in the manufacturing process are vegan, meaning no use of animal origin

The Vegan certification scheme aims to provide to the end consumer that the product does not contain products` coming from animals, such as dairy, eggs and honey

Lactose-Free Certification & Diary Free

Dairy allergies and lactose intolerance are widespread: food manufactures can now certify their products through LiberoAssurance lactose and Diary free private Certification Schemes.

The inspection procedures and criteria that our certification body implements in order to give the certified label on a lactose or dairy-free product provides the consumers the assurance they need

Dairy-free and lactose-free labeling signals on food or drinks are two different things. Lactose free foods are dairy products and the lactose has been removed. Dairy free products mean that there is no dairy and they are lactose free.

Lactose-Free Certification

Natural dairy products contain lactose like milk cheese yoghourt ice cream and more. There is a noticeable amount of people that have lactose intolerance which means that they do not produce the enzyme lactose which is needed to digest lactose and properly absorb it into the intestine

The condition which is also called lactose malabsorption is causing symptoms to lactose to localize in the digestive tract and it more of a discomfort. Lactose intolerance requires people to follow strict lactose-free diets. Living a lactose free life doesn’t require rule out dairy completely. A lactose free product can still contain dairy or be dairy based

Lactose-free labels on products are specifying that these products have been specially processed to limit the problematic levels of lactose. Lactose is used in the process it’s the enzyme that breaks lactose in order to be suitable for the individuals with mild to moderate lactose intolerance.

As per the European Commission CE Marking is a passport which allows free circulation of the products throughout the European Economic Area.

CE Marking the abbreviation of Conformity European is a label that must appear on all products sold in the EU Member States

The CE marking indicates that the manufacturer or importer complies with the relevant EU legislation applicable to a product and that he declares conformity with all legal requirements.

Our organization as Local Agent of Notified Bodies has the ability to certify your products as per the following EU Directives:

  • 92/42/EEC-Water Boilers
  • Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 Construction products
  • 2006/42/EC Machinery
  • 2014/29/EU Simple Pressure vessels
  • 2014/68/EU Pressure equipment
  • Regulation (EU) 2016/426 Appliances burning gaseous fuels

Key benefits of CE Marking

  • A single framework of rules within the EU
  • Establish a single market and foster economic development for the EU member states
  • Simplify the movement of goods within the EU which may be caused by differences in national laws
  • CE Marking in combination with other certifications can be cost and time effective

Caffeine-Free Product Certification

VQS International offers caffeine-free product certification by certifying that the products have undergone proper decaffeination process. This private certification scheme is ideal for business owners who want to ensure their consumers will enjoy the taste and aroma of coffee and at the same time avoid the side effects of caffeine

Why choose caffeine-free products

Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world. It is not dangerous for a relatively healthy person. Still caffeine is a powerful drug and can negatively affect people in different ways. There are people of particular concern like those with cardio vascular problems with liver their kidney function and people with underlying heart diseases. Additionally amongst the consumers who are potentially vulnerable to the negative effects of caffeine are pregnant and lactating women, children and adolescent’s young adult’s people who suffer from chronic anxiety, hyperactivity and mental illness

Excessive caffeine intake can lead to potential downsides such as sleep deprivation, increased anxiety decreased oxygen flow to the brain, increased blood pressure etc. caffeine has also been linked to heart conditions like irregular palpitations, heart attacks and strokes. The symptoms mostly depend on different levels of caffeine intolerance and health problems.

What is decaffeination?

Decaffeination is the process of removing caffeine beans cocoa tea leaves and other caffeine containing materials. Decaf coffee is not completely caffeine free however the amount of caffeine is very small

There are three main methods of decaffeination Swiss water Process uses water (no chemicals) to decaffeinate the beans. Caffeine is extracted but not the flavor COProcess or liquid Carbon Dioxide Method technically known as supercritical fluid extraction. This process avoids the use of any harmful substances the caffeine is removed from CO2 using charcoal filters Methylene Chloride Process of Decaffeination is the old fashioned way to decaffeinate coffee using organic chemical solvents and its still how the vast majority of coffee is decaffeinated globally.

Caffeine Products & Caffeine Free Products

  • Black tea – Decaffeinated Tea
  • Green tea – Decaffeinated Tea
  • Dark chocolate – Caffeine-free chocolate
  • Coffee- decaf
  • Energy Drinks – Decaffeinated Energy Drinks
  • Sodas – mostly all dark colas have caffeine free version

Nuts Free Certification Program

Nuts – Free Certification Program

Food safety is one of our highest concerns given the rising awareness and consciousness for nut allergies there is an expanding market demand for nuts – free products. Ensures the integrity of your products and ensure consumers’ confidence by certifying your products are nut – free and you have eliminated the possibility of an allergic reaction.

Why choose Nuts – Free Products 

Recently nuts have become particularly appreciated is vegan vegetarian flexitarian gluten free diets and as well as in the paleodiet in the  case of nuts the main risk to health is allergies since nuts are among the foods most associated with allergic reactions. The fruits most considered as nuts include Almond Brazil cashew nut, chest nut, hazel nut, macadamia nut peanut, pistachio, and walnut.

The symptoms of an allergic reaction to food can range from mild to severe anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is sudden in onset and can cause death. There is no cure for food allergy, they are managed by avoiding the allergen and learning to recognize and treat reaction symptoms. Given the fatal nature of nut allergies and the prevalence with young children an urgent need for nut free products has arisen.

Nuts – free Certification

Consumer interest in fair trade is particularly increasing Certification of there schemes in becoming more common the certification would make your organization stronger by meeting these recommendations as quickly as possible.

We offer service audits that are designed to examine standard operating procedures polices and quality assurance within food service operations. Upon successful completion we will certify that your products and facilities and free from nuts. LiberoAssurance certification signify quality and give customers confidence that your products have been verified by nutrition experts.

Nut free label is devoted to establish an easy way to identify which foods are safe for people with allergy and which foods need to be avoided. Determine whether your products are truly nut – free and ensure the appropriate products are clearly labeled with a recognizable seal of approval.