ISO 22000:2018 – Food Safety Management System
Why do food safety outbreaks continue to happen? Well, we live in a global food economy and most people purchase and consume foods produced thousands of miles away that are often packaged in bulk to simplify food preparation at home and in restaurants. This leaves plenty of opportunity for pathogens to flourish and makes food-related standards that protect public health and reduce the negative social and economic impact of such crises a vital asset for organizations up and down the food chain.
So how can we ensure a systematic way for food manufacturers to produce safe food for humans and animals? One such solution to help inspire confidence is ISO 22000:2018, Food safety management system.
ISO 22000:2018 sets out the requirements for a food safety management system. 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 benefits of being ISO 22000:2018
Implementing ISO 22000 in an organization results in a more robust food safety management system and potential access to new market opportunities. Benefits include:
- Internationally-recognized, harmonized standard for controlling food safety hazards.
- Flexibility, allowing it to be applied to all organizations in the food supply chain, thus encouraging cooperation in addressing food safety hazards.
- Possible integration of the food safety and quality management schemes within an organization (e.g. ISO 9001).
- Provides a framework for management commitment, communication with suppliers and customers, and continuous improvement of the food safety system.
- Demonstrates an organization’s commitment to food safety.
From farm to fork, this standard ensures food safety is maintained every step of the way.
To know more about this standard, please download this pdf document taken directly from www.iso.org.
Just for your information, ISO’s solutions for ensuring quality and safety in the food industry are the subject of a brochure – ISO & food – which provides a concise overview of International Standards available and how they can help. Click on this link to download the latest brochure.
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