ISO 22000

ISO 22000:2005, “Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the supply chain, is designed to provide a framework of internationally harmonized requirements for the global food industry. It allows every type of organization in the supply chain – from primary producers to food processors, to storage and transportation companies, to retail and food service outlets, and even makers of equipment used in food processing – to implement a Food Safety Management System, or FSMS.

In addition, food safety management systems that conform to ISO 22000 can be certified, unlike with HACCP. ISO 22000 incorporates the principles of HACCP and addresses the requirements of many key standards (such as the BRC, IFS, and EU have developed) in a single source document.

A huge plus of ISO 22000 is that it parallels the IS1 9001, which is already widely implemented in all types of industries. What this means to food companies looking to certify to ISO 22000 is that since the new standard is compatible with ISO 9001, firms that are already ISO-9001-certified should find ISO 22000 certification relatively easy.

Benefits of HACCP / ISO 22000 FSMS
• A preventative approach to food safety
• Can help identify process improvements
• Reduces the need for, and the cost of end product testing
• Is complementary to quality management systems such as ISO 9000
• Provides evidence of due diligence
• Reduces the likelihood of product recall & adverse publicity
• Enhances customer satisfaction / reduces dissatisfaction
• Facilitates better understanding of food packaging safety issues throughout the organization
• Improves staff performance through the promotion of team spirit
• Improves staff morale and motivation through a cleaner working environment