ISO 22000:2018 is an international standard specifies requirements for the Food Safety Management System (FSMS). This standard is designed to enable organisations that is directly or indirectly involved in the food chain or farm to control food safety hazards. It can be applied to all types and sizes of organisations in the food industry such as producers of equipment, packaging materials, cleaning agents, additives and ingredients.
ISO 22000 can be applied independently to other management systems or integrated with existing food safety systems such as, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Certification. Regardless of the organization size, or product, all food producers have a responsibility to manage the safety of their products and the well-being of their consumers.
Early years most food industry companies established their own version of management systems. That made it really difficult for suppliers in the food chain industry to meet requirements globally. On the other hand, HACCP is to monitor potential food safety hazards which can either be implemented alone or incorporated other regulations. ISO 22000 is a broader food safety system that is fully based on quality principles.
ISO 22000 was first published in September 2005, to provide a framework of requirements that involves the elements of interactive communication, system management, prerequisite programs, HACCP principles for global approach. ISO release the auditable standard for Food Safety Management System (FSMS) ISO 22000 quickly adopted by industry players as a standardize management system for food industry.
Food safety has always been a big global concern regardless of it geographical areas.
Thus, the ISO 22000 is crucial which sets out the requirements for a food safety management system that allows organizations to understand the quality assurance and preventive food safety measures should be implemented within the food industry. It is undoubtedly why ISO 22000 is importance to the industry: