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What is ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System?
The ISO 22000 family of International Standards addresses food safety management. The consequences of unsafe food can be serious and ISO’s food safety management standards help organizations identify and control food safety hazards. As many of today’s food products repeatedly cross national boundaries, International Standards are needed to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain. ISO 22000:2005 sets out the requirements for a food safety management system and can be certified. It maps out what an organization needs to do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe. It can be used by any organization regardless of its size or position in the food chain.
The global food industry is under pressure from a great number of private standards for food safety which suppliers in the food industry are required to consider and become certified by in order to be able to sell their products. Increasing costs of certification combined with inflexible requirements in private standards entail increasing costs without contributing to increased food safety. As an alternative to this development, a well founded and respected standard as ISO 22000 is needed.
The combination of ISO 22000 and ISO TS 22002-1 is recognised by most large operators on the global food market, GFSI included. In some countries, food authorities also accept ISO 22000 for third party certification of food business operators. With increased focus on global standards, food business operators will be able to compete internationally on equal terms.
In future, both national and international authorities as well as customers will focus on integration of food safety management throughout the food chain, farm-to-table, with a risk-oriented approach.
ISO 22000 can be used by organisations across food chains. It creates an ideal frame for establishing principles, procedures and guidelines which match the food chain while improving cost-effective management in industry. Furthermore, it provides practical tools needed for managing food safety as a single coherent system.
What are the benefits of ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System?
- Implementation in the entire food chain
- Increased assurance on the safety of products
- Documentation of this safety
- Emphasis in preventive instead of corrective quality assurance
- Efficiency in cost controlling, resulting from the minimizing of hazards in food
- Decrease of the quantity of product that are off specifications
- Development of a documented conformance to legislation
- Better use of resources
- Improvement of organizational image
- Promotion of healthy trade in international level
For more information please consult the website www.iso.org , which is the official and most up-to-date source for information concerning standards.