WARNING: Failures in food supply can be dangerous and cost plenty. ISO 22000 for food safety management system is intended to provide security by ensuring that there are no weak links in the food supply chain, mind it...!

iso 22000

Who are the intended users?

ISO 22000 may apply to all types of organizations within the food chain ranging from feed producers, primary producers through food manufacturers, transport and storage operators and subcontractors to retail and food service outlets – together with inter-related organizations such as producers of equipment, packaging material, cleaning agents, additives and ingredients. Food safety is related to the presence of and levels of food-borne hazards in food at the point of consumption (intake by the consumer). As food safety hazards may be introduced at any stage of the food chain, adequate control throughout the food chain is essential. Thus, food safety is a joint responsibility that is principally assured through the combined efforts of all the parties participating in the food chain.

What is the standard about?

ISO 22000 specifies requirements for a food safety management system in the food chain where an organization

  • Needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to consistently provide safe end products that meet both the requirements agreed with the customer and those of applicable food safety regulations, and
  • Aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective control of food safety hazards, including processes for updating the system.

What are the benefits for users?

The benefits for organizations implementing the standard include among others the following:

  • Organized and targeted communication among trade partners ;
  • Resource optimization (internally and along the food chain) ;
  • Improved documentation;
  • Better planning, less post process verification ;
  • More efficient and dynamic food safety hazard control ;
  • All control measures subjected to hazard analysis ;
  • Systematic management of prerequisite programmed ;
  • Widely applicable because it is focused on end results ;
  • Valid basis for taking decisions ;
  • Increased due diligence ;
  • Control focused on what is necessary, and
  • Saves resources by reducing overlapping system audits.

What are the benefits for other stakeholders?

The benefits for other stakeholders may include

  • Confidence that the organizations which are implementing the standard have the ability to identify and control food safety hazards.