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ISO 22000:2005 - Food safety management

What is ISO 22000?

The ISO 22000 family of International standards addresses food safety management. ISO 22000 standard specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.

This International Standard specifies requirements to enable an organization. All requirements of this International Standard are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations in the food chain regardless of size and complexity.

This includes organizations directly or indirectly involved in one or more steps of the food chain. Organizations that are directly involved include, but are not limited to, feed producers, harvesters, farmers, producers of ingredients, food manufacturers, retailers, food services, catering services, organizations providing cleaning and sanitation services, transportation, storage and distribution services. Other organizations that are indirectly involved include, but are not limited to, suppliers of equipment, cleaning and sanitizing agents, packaging material, and other food contact materials.

Who can apply for ISO 22000?

It is applicable to all organizations, regardless of size, which are involved in any aspect of the food chain and want to implement systems that consistently provide safe products. The means of meeting any requirements of this International standard can be accomplished through the use of internal and/or external resources.

What included in ISO 22000

The standard combines four key elements to ensure food safety along the food chain, including: Interactive communication, System management, Control of food safety hazards through pre-requisite programmes and HACCP plans.

Benefits of ISO 22000 certification:

  • For consumers:
    • conformity of products and services to International standards.
    • provides assurance about:
      • -Quality
      • -safety
      • -Reliability
  • How ISO 22000 benefit society?
    • This, in turn, means that businesses using ISO 22000 are increasingly free to compete on many more markets around the world.
    • For businesses, the widespread adoption of ISO 22000 means that suppliers can base the development of their products and services on specifications that have wide acceptance in their sectors.
  • How ISO 22000 benefit developing countries?
    • For developing countries, ISO 22000 represents an international consensus and constitute an important source of technological know-how;
    • By defining the characteristics that products and services will be expected to meet on export markets;
    • International Standards give developing countries a basis for making the right decisions when investing their scarce resources and thus avoid squandering them