What is PAS 223:2011?
Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 223 provides guidelines to implement prerequisite programmes and design requirements for manufacturers dealing with the packaging of food products and beverages. This specification was developed to support management systems in the food industry and help manufacturers to comply with BS EN ISO 22000. PAS 223 sets out practical requirements for the design of food packaging too. By having the right safety measures in place, organisations can reduce and eliminate food safety risks, such as food poisoning and contamination.
How does it work?
Covering a wide range of topics, PAS 223 looks at how to develop and maintain prerequisite programmes and design requirements to help the manufacturers of food packaging control food safety hazards. This specification looks at environment cleanliness, layout and workspace as well as temporary equipment. It also gives practical requirements to ensure the right air quality and addresses compressed air and gases. Other topics include wastes, waste handling, storage and pest control.
Should PAS 223 be read with another standard?
This PAS should be read in conjunction with BS EN ISO 22000 and not on its own.
Who should buy it?
- Manufacturers of food packaging
- Manufacturers of food products
- Suppliers of food packaging
- Health and safety officers
- Environmental health officers
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What is a PAS?
A Publicly Available Specification (PAS) is a sponsored fast-track standard driven by the needs of the client organizations and developed according to guidelines set out by BSI. Key stakeholders are brought together to collaboratively produce a BSI-endorsed PAS that has all the functionality of a British Standard for the purposes of creating management systems, product benchmarks and codes of practice. After two years, the PAS is reviewed and a decision is made as to whether it should be taken forward to become a formal British Standard.
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