ISO 22000 Standard for Safe Food Supply Chains
ISO 22000 is the international standard for food safety management systems, which has been developed to ensure that there are no weak points in the food supply chain. Food safety is tied to the presence of food-borne hazards in food at the point of consumption. Since food safety hazards can occur at any stage in the food chain, adequate controls are necessary. Therefore, food safety is the responsibility of each “link” in the food chain.
Who does ISO 22000 apply to?
ISO 22000 food safety management systems are required for any organization in the food chain, which can be applied to organizations ranging from feed producers, primary producers through through food manufacturers, transport and storage operators and subcontractors for retails and food service companies. It is also applicable to producers of food processing equipment, materials that are used to package food, cleaning products, food additives and other ingredients.
The most effective food safety systems are established, operated and updated within the framework of a structured management system and benchmarked against a proven standard and independently verified by a third-party assessment firm like DQS Inc. This provides maximum benefit for the organization and interested parties. Through certification, you can show your customers that you have a strong commitment to managing food safety and improving processes.
ISO 22000 can be applied independently of other management system standards or integrated with existing management system requirements. ISO 22000 requires that all hazards that many be reasonably expected to occur in the food chain, including hazards that may be associated with the type of process and facilities used, are identified and assessed. Thus it provides the means to determine and document why certain identified hazards need to be controlled by a particular organization and why others need not.
- Less risk of product liability through demonstrated fulfillment of product safety obligations
- Improved confidence of consumers and retailers in the organization’s ability to perform
- Systematic analysis and implementation of safe and efficient processes in the interest of food safety
- Evidency that due diligence is used in respect of product safety, quality and legality
- Provides a common language for producers and suppliers and solidifies partnerships