ISO 22000:2018 (Food Safety Management Systems)

What is ISO 22000:2018?

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the new standard – Food Safety Management Systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain.

There has been a continuous increase in consumer demand for safe food. This has led to the development of various foods safety standards. The growing number of national standards has led to confusion. Consequently, there is a need for international harmonization and ISO aims to meet this need with ISO 22000:2018

The standard is complimentary to ISO9001, in that ISO 22000 addresses specifically the issues relating to food safety and uses an approach that can be integrated with that of ISO 9001. ISO 22000 is not a replacement for ISO 9001, however businesses in the food sector may see it as having greater commercial importance to their business than ISO 9001, particularly as there is increasing pressure on the food industry to demonstrate that it is effectively managing food safety, following the highly publicized food scares around the world.

ISO 22000:2018stands for food safety management system. It is a prevention-based food safety system that identifies and prevents microbial, chemical and other hazards in the food based industry.

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.

This International Standard ISO 22000 certification specifies requirements to enable an organization to plan, implement, operate, maintain and update a food safety management system aimed at providing products that, according to their intended use, are safe for the Consumer.

BENEFITS OF ISO 22000:2018

  1. An auditable standard with clear requirements which provides a framework for third-party certification.
  2. The structure aligns with the management system clauses of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
  3. Enables communication about hazards with partners in the supply chain
  4. System approach, rather than product approach.
  5. Applicable to all organizations in the global food supply chain.
  6. Systematic management of prerequisite programs.
  7. Increased due diligence.
  8. Dynamic communication on food safety issues with suppliers, customers, regulators and other interested parties signifies that it is a truly global international standard.
  9. Provides potential for harmonization of national standards.
  10. Covers the majority of the requirements of the current retailer food safety standards.
  11. Complies with the Codex HACCP principles.
  12. Provides communication of HACCP concepts internationally

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