DelaPlast have been running their FSSC/ISO 22000 certification successfully for 3 years now and will go for recertification in 2020. The manufacturing company supplies rigid plastic packaging for local and international brands. Through this certification DelaPlast stays in control regarding the safety and quality of our production process of plastic injection moulding, to ensure customer satisfaction throughout!
Why Dela Plast pursued their FSSC 22000 certification for food safe packaging?
DelaPlast is a plastic injection moulding factory in Pretoria, Gauteng; manufacturing and supplying rigid plastic packaging in a clean and hygienic environment as per our FSSC 22000 certification requirements. At our company we manufacture direct food and medical plastic packaging products, by contract moulding as per our client’s specification and requirements. This consist of plastic storage containers with lids for candies, flexible spoons for eating chocolate confectionary, special bag valves and enclosures and medical packaging devises. Click here to see what other type of injection moulded products we can manufacture.
Although a small company, we pursued FSSC 22000 because of the many benefits in running a company with these high standards.
But what does FSSC 22000 stand for?
FSSC 22000 stands for Food Safety System Certification, which is a management scheme used internationally to control food safety risks by adhering to the ISO 22000 and FSSC additional requirements.
ISO22000-4 is the version we adhere to for food safe packaging specifically. There are also different standards for production of food, catering, animal food and retail.
FSSC 22000 is an ISO based Food Safety Management System
We are now implementing the updated version of ISO 22000 (2018) for re certification in 2020. Pre-requisite programs and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) principles are a large part of this management system. The additional requirements of FSSC 22000 can be found on the FSSC website. These have also been updated and now includes items like food defence and food fraud. It is very important to include these points and to be audited on these aspects in your internal audits. Because we are a smaller company, our annual internal audit is performed by an external auditor to ensure that our system have covered all the risks and processes.
The 3 main components of FSSC is seen on the schematic below:
Running our food safe plan effectively
At DelaPlast we understand the needs and expectations of our clients and we work according to their preferences as documented in their quality manuals as well as the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements set to ensure food safety along the food chain until final consumption.
We were first certified in 2018 and have been running our system successfully without major findings in the yearly external audits by SGS. Since then our primary focus of this food safety and quality management system is to meet customer requirements by adding value and to strive to exceed their expectations.
The system is all about planning, implementing, operating and maintaining the processes within the factory in order to provide products that meet the quality and safety requirements while minimizing risks throughout.
The system is evaluated and assessed annually by SGS to ensure that conformity within the food safety requirements is in order to enhance customer satisfaction. Effective communication with suppliers, customers and all other stake holders are extremely important throughout.
Keeping up standards
The company has planned, established, documented and implemented a food safety and quality management system for the site in Gauteng, which is maintained and re-evaluated continually to improve its effectiveness in accordance with legislation, international standards and best industry practice. The company has planned and developed the processes that contribute to meet the requirements of these standards and to produce safe products. All food and medical packaging hazards that may reasonably be expected to occur, are identified by this system and are then fully evaluated and controlled so that our packaging does not present a direct or indirect risk to the consumer.
DelaPlast has been running as FSSC certified for 3 years with no major non-conformances!
At DelaPlast we look at our strengths and weaknesses at our annual management meeting for continual growth opportunities. Internally the management and staff have the capacity and knowledge to run the plastic injection moulding business successfully for more than 15 years already.
Once certified you are added to the Fssc22000 international website : https://www.fssc22000.com/certified-organizations/
So what are the benefits of being FSSC 22000 certified?
Building a successful FSSC system provides DelaPlast with effective managing of risks for food safety hazards by creating an environment capable of producing safe products.
This management system helps to continually manage, monitor, validate and improve the company. This cannot happen without the management commitment from our Directors.
Certification assist us in maintaining current customers as well as opening a larger market for increased market opportunities. The market is becoming stricter about their regulations and standards due to general health issues regarding food. Countries across the globe are making changes to food safety regulations because food is imported internationally. Traceability plays a large role in this regard.
Large retailers and multinational manufacturers or processors are demanding certification of their suppliers. Having FSSC Certification means you are qualified to supply these organizations or their supplier’s safe products.
DelaPlast certified as FSSC 22000 compliant in 2020
As a food safe manufacturing company, we will continue to have an ongoing focus on improvement of our system as it creates trust in our company and opens doors internationally for future business opportunities.
We are always looking for new clients with unique (injection moulded) plastic packaging items so we can give them exceptional service and products. Our directors ensure that clients are informed on specifics on mould design and product pricing as well as quality procedures throughout. Visit our website at www.delaplast.co.za for more information on our company.
Uses skills built up during years of precision injection moulding
Dela Plast, which took a major leap when it acquired far larger premises in early 2015, is consolidating operations by gaining ISO and other food grade compatibility accreditation.
The Pretoria injection moulding company, run by Harry Pouwels and Arend de Lange, moved to the 3000m² premises in Koedoespoort where the production room of 1300m² (previously used for clean-room production of wafer/semiconductor components) was suited to Dela Plast’s production of seed trays, storage solution systems and contract moulding as well as, now, food packaging containers and components.
Due to its dustproofing and fully isolated walls, Dela Plast wanted to make the best use of the properties of this building. The floor was upgraded to an epoxy finish for hygienic purposes. An overhead 5-ton crane was installed to load and unload moulds. A proper material feed system was implemented with mixing units removed from the injection moulding machines.
Last year Dela Plast appointed Cornelia Kerkhoff as QA/food safety manager. Since then sanitation and pest control systems have been implemented and the necessary hygiene, facility and other pre-requisite programs followed. The HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) system was introduced to prevent risks. Dela Plast aims to continually improve its systems and procedures to work towards a risk-free environment to ensure safe and high-quality food contact packaging products by being FSSC (Food Safety System Certification) and ISO 22000/4 certified.
The first audit was on 17 August, where the focus was on the documentation system. The second and final audit was in October and we are proud that we have achieved the certification in this time,” said Pouwels.
At the moment Dela Plast produces food packaging products for a leading Italian chocolate manufacturer besides a number of other products. The aim is however to increase the food packaging sector with the FSSC accreditation.
“We believe this sector of manufacturing will grow due to the increasing demand from clients to have safe packaging material for the products they purchase for the safety of the end consumer,”
Published in Plastic SA article, and Written by Martin Wells.