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Exploring ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management

Due to the world’s rapidly increasing population, availability of safe food products is an associated demand for sustainability of human life. The consequences for unsafe food products are extremely serious and present the need for identifying and controlling potential food safety hazards. This is where ISO 22000 comes into play – aiming to address the challenges, hazards and risks associated with Food Safety Management.

What is ISO 22000:2005?

ISO 22000 provides the requirements for a Food Safety Management System, where organisations operating within the food chain desire to demonstrate their ability to control food safety hazards. It applies equally to organisations of any size, involved in any aspect of the food chain and related services.” – Why is ISO 22000 FSSC Important?, by Erudio Global

ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management facilitates the management arrangements that an organisation must implement, in order to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards. It ensures that products are safe for consumption. Organisations are also able to ensure that their food production methods meet demands for quality, safety and efficiency.

Who benefits from the ISO 22000:2005?

Industry

Manufacturers, retailers, those who prepare and serve food, packaging companies, transporters, or farmers –  all organisations involved in the Food Supply Chain can benefit from ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management. Associated guidelines are laid out which assist the management of organisations’ business processes and specifies best practices for food safety, from the initial harvesting and product packaging through to consumption. Internationally agreed standards can help food industries meet social obligations and legal requirements.

Consumers

With food-fraud on the rise, it is now even more important for food producers to be explicit in the labeling of their products and declaration of product components and contents. A great example of the need for correct and honest labeling would be in the case of allergies and other illnesses caused by specific foods. ISO 22000:2005 provides consumers with peace of mind in knowing that food related products being consumed meet high standards, for safety and quality, and that the label honestly reflects the product’s contents. ISO standards and guidelines address issues such as food safety, nutritional labeling, hygiene, food additives and more.

Regulators

Regulatory bodies gain peace of mind as they are guided by best-practice test methods and harmonized terminology that is constantly reviewed and improved upon, as a technical basis for regulation and policy.

How does an organisation implement ISO 22000:2005?

An ISO 22000 system helps organisations manage risks in all areas of the food chain. The following list provides some of the steps that an organisation needs to take in order to implement this system.

  1. Prerequisite programmes are the point of departure. Guidelines are available to various industry types to help assess and correct attributes of the organisation’s infrastructure and other conditions that may present food safety hazards.
  2. Conduct a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point study. Identify food safety hazards, analyse and control biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.
  3. Implement a management system that follows the plan-do-check-act continuum to drive continual improvement.

 

In conclusion

Improving sustainability in the food and agricultural sector is fast becoming one of the means for a sustainable future. It’s important to grasp that sustainable food systems are not just about having enough to eat but also about ensuring the wellbeing of everyone involved in the industry- from farmers to consumers – the safe supply of food is one of the the keys to feeding the planet.

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