ISO 22000 - Food Safety Management

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About the Standard

ISO 22000 takes a whole chain approach to food safety, providing a standard that is not just for food processors, but goes all the way from the farm to the fork including packaging and ingredient suppliers, caterers, storage & distribution facilities, chemical and machinery manufacturers and can be applied to primary producers such as farms.

The ISO22000 scheme is designed to ensure safe food supply chains worldwide.

ISO 22000 is designed to allow all types of organization within the food chain to implement a food safety management system (FSMS). These range from feed producers, primary producers, food manufacturers, transport and storage operators and subcontractors to retail and food service outlets – together with related organizations such as producers of equipment, packaging material, cleaning agents, additives and ingredients.

ISO 22000 extends the successful management system approach of the ISO 9001:2000 quality management system standard which is widely implemented in all sectors but does not itself specifically address food safety. The development of ISO 22000 was based on the assumption that the most effective food safety systems are designed, operated and continually improved within the framework of a structured management system, and incorporated into the overall management activities of the organization. 

What the scheme covers

The scheme is applicable to all parts of the food chain that wish to certify a food safety management system based on HACCP.

Benefits of the scheme

The scheme will combine well with other ISO standards and the BRC Food standard.

It will provide 3rd party validation of the HACCP plan.

Accepted by buyers

It is supported by suppliers and retailers who wish to promote improved food safety.