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.
ISO 22000 is an internationally recognized standard that combines the ISO9001 approach to food safety management and HACCP for the assurance of food safety at all levels. The standard maps out how an organization can demonstrate its ability to control safety hazards to ensure that food is safe.
ISO 22000 can be used by any organization within the food supply chain. The standard integrates the principles of a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. By means of auditable requirements, it combines the HACCP plan with prerequisite programmes as well as other food safety system requirements.
Implementation of ISO 22000 could result in:
> Improved management and communication.
> Assurances on quality, reliability and safety.
> Decrease costs from withdrawals or recalls.
> Improved reputation and brand loyalty.
> More confidence in disclosures.
> Less food borne diseases.
> Better quality and safer jobs in the food industry.
> Better utilization of resources.
> More efficient food safety hazard control.
> Systematic management of prerequisite programmes.
> Valid basis for taking decisions.
> Control focused on priorities.
> Saves resources by reducing duplication.
> Better planning, less post-process verification.
> Development of a food safety management system.
Consumers are increasingly concerned and aware of where their food comes from. They take an active interest in ensuring they are buying on an informed decision. Tailored and efficient management of your processes will prevent food safety failures and associated costs, whilst increasing legal compliance.
Public, private sector and governments internationally are increasingly regarding ISO 22000 as a guarantee of food safety, quality and security.
ISO 22000 connects you to a growing network of international suppliers in both developed and developing economies. ISO 22000 applies if you are in food production industry, processing, distribution or storage.
Certified to ISO 22000 allows a company to show their customers that they have a food safety management system in place. This provides customer confidence in the product.