An Overview of ISO 22000 for the Food Industry

ISO 22000 may be referred to as a Food Safety Management System designed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) that can be applied to all organisations in the food industry.

A global association, ISO comprises of various national standards bodies working in tandem with different government and non-governmental international organisations. ISO 22000 is the international standard developed by ISO for ensuring food safety. Food safety incidents may take place in any stage of the supply chain including manufacturing, transportation, or sale. The ISO 22000 standards provide us an outline of what needs to be done in order to ensure food safety throughout the food supply chain.

The key components of the ISO 22000 standards include

  • HACCP principles
  • Prerequisite programs
  • Interactive communication
  • System management

For a Food Safety Management System, the flowing requirements have been listed down by ISO.

  • Planning, implementing, operating, maintaining, and updating a Food Safety Management System that aims to provide safe products for the consumers.
  • Ensuring compliance with all the necessary regulatory and statutory food safety requirements.
  • Evaluation and assessment of customer needs and ensuring conformation with the food safety needs of the customers.
  • Effective communication of food safety issues to the customers, suppliers, and other relevant parties involved in the entire food supply chain.
  • Ensuring that the organisations operate in compliance with its stated policy for food safety and shows this effectively.
  • Making a self-declaration or self-assessment of compliance with ISO 22000 or seeking registration or certification of its Food Safety Management System via an external organisation.


Why is ISO 22000 Essential?

Many different types of food items are manufactured, sold, transported, and consumed every day throughout the world. Therefore, there is always the likelihood of different food safety hazards including contamination. The ISO 22000 standards are intended to minimise the probability of contamination caused by bacteria and therefore the likelihood of different diseases throughout the supply chain process.

ISO 22000 provides a comprehensive framework to food businesses for a Food Safety Management System. Depending on their individual requirements, organisations have different ISO 22000 packages to choose from.

By completing the ISO 22000 certification process, food businesses can let their customers know that they have implemented a Food Safety Management System. Naturally, this is critical to making customers feel secure about the food products manufactured or handled by the business.

How does ISO 22000 work?  

The principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) are integrated by the ISO 22000 standards. One of the most critical elements of a successful Food Safety Management System is the analysis of potential hazards. Effective implementation of ISO 22000 requires that organisations are able to assume, identify, and evaluate all potential hazards that may occur.

  • According to ISO 22000 standards, effective communication throughout the different stages of the food supply chain is imperative.
  • To carry out a Food Safety Management System in the right manner, the organisation must have a properly structured management system.
  • In order to control the risk of contamination, ISO 22000 also requires the identification and implementation of prerequisite programs related to the role of manufacturing environment in creating safe food products.

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