The food safety management system on 17 MSC Cruises ships has been certified to ISO22000 standards, with MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore likely to receive the accreditation in the coming months.
‘Food safety is understandably taken for granted in everyday society, and so a cruise liner must have a planned and systematic approach to ensuring the food safety of its guests,’ said Paolo Raia, MD of MSC Cruises.
‘With that in mind, we’re extremely proud to be on top of the cruise industry’s league table for [World Health Organization’s] World Food Safety Day with our fleet of ships and delighted that our entire food supply chain from farm to fork has been certified.’
In addition, MSC Cruises has proven that its industry-leading safety protocols go beyond what is required by federal and state regulatory bodies and the same is true with food safety as we always aim to go above and beyond.
Bureau Veritas is responsible for conducting food audits on MSC Cruises’ vessels; this year it has conducted 36 separate audit days and examined more than 5,000 food safety records onboard the line’s vessels.
Pre-COVID-19, the line annually served nearly 285m dishes and more than 125m drinks for passengers.
The announcement coincides with the World Health Organization’s World Food Safety Day 2021, observed today.