Food safety is about the prevention, elimination and control of foodborne hazards, from the site of production to the point of consumption. Since food safety hazards may be introduced at any stage of the process, every company in the food supply chain must exercise adequate hazard controls. In fact, food safety can only be maintained through the combined efforts of all parties: governments, producers, retailers and end consumers.

Aimed at all organizations in the food and feed industries, regardless of size or sector,?gclubISO?22000:2018,?Food safety management systems?– Requirements for any organization in the food chain, translates food safety management into a continuously improving process. It takes a precautionary approach to food safety by helping to identify, prevent and reduce foodborne hazards in the food and feed chains.

The new edition brings clarity of understanding for the thousands of companies worldwide that already used the standard. Its latest improvements include:

  • Adoption of the High-Level?Structure common to all ISO management system standards, making it easier for organizations to combine ISO?22000 with other management?systems (such as ISO?9001 or ISO?14001) at a given time
  • A new approach to risk –?as a vital concept in the food business –?which distinguishes between risk?at the operational level and the business level of the management system
  • Strong links to the Codex Alimentarius, a United Nations food group that develops food safety guidelines for governments

The new standard offers a dynamic control of food safety hazards combining the following generally recognized key elements: interactive communication, systems management, Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs), and the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).

Jacob Faergemand, Chair of?technical committee ISO/TC?34,?Food products, subcommittee?17,?Management systems for food safety, that developed the standard, says: “To meet the market needs for food safety, ISO?22000 is created by stakeholders who are involved in food safety organizations: governance, consumers, consulting, industry and research. When a food safety management system is developed by the users of ISO?22000, you make sure that requirements from the market are met.”

ISO?22000:2018?cancels and replaces ISO?22000:2005. Organizations certified to the standard have three years from the date of publication to transition to the new version.