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ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management Systems)

ISO 22000: Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain, sets out the requirements for a food safety management system. It defines what an organization must do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards and ensure that food is safe for consumption.

ISO’s food safety management standards help organizations identify and control food safety hazards, at the same time as working together with other ISO management standards, such as ISO 9001. Applicable to all types of producers. ISO 22000 provides a layer of reassurance within the global food supply chain, helping products cross borders and bringing people food that they can trust.


WHY ISO 22000?

ISO 22000 sets out the requirements for a food safety management system and can be certified to it. 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 ISO 22000 family addresses food safety management by providing guidelines and best practice for managing risks in all areas of food production. ISO 22000 is a certifiable standard that sets out the overall requirements for a food safety management system. It defines the steps an organization must take to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards and ensure that food is safe for human consumption. ISO 22000 is one of ISO’s best-known standards. Within its broad scope, the ISO 22000 family includes standards specific to catering, food manufacturing, farming, packaging, and animal foodstuffs and feed production.


Benefits of Food Safety Management Systems

• Reduction in food safety incidents and cost.
• Compliance with legal and Codex HACCP principle.
• Lower risk of liability.
• Fewer errors and customer complaints.
• Continual improvement in products & processes.
• Resource optimization – internally and along the food chain.
• Sustainable food safety performance.
• Improves consumer / supplier /regulator confidence and relationships.
• Platform for process and management control and improvement.
• Competitive advantage in the marketplace.
• Promotes international trade.
• Improved overall performance.