What is ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems?
It is the integration of a management system developed to prevent consumers from being exposed to foodborne diseases and aims to keep all processes in the food chain under control together with all factors such as infrastructure, raw materials, personnel and equipment. ISO 22000 includes HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) system. Thus, it enables the detection of current and potential dangers in the food supply chain, determination of precautions for the control of hazards, providing opportunities for the implementation of the precautions, monitoring the implementation process, measuring and analyzing the application results.
Today, food safety has become an important concern of institutions and governments around the world. It has been determined that food-borne epidemics have a very high destructive impact not only on human life, but also on the economies of organizations and countries. People’s health suffers when food poisoning is encountered. It also has different damages to organizations. Food producing organizations have to pay large amounts of compensation. Paying compensation causes devastating amounts of financial damage and reputational damage to organizations. No food establishment will want to encounter such a situation. For these reasons, the quality and safety of the food offered should be guaranteed and its continuity should be ensured.
Food safety management has become a must for all organizations which want to maintain their position in the market; restaurants, catering services, packaging services, equipment and chemical manufacturers used in food production activities, and service organizations such as pest control, cleaning, transportation and logistics. Due to the existing risks, intermediate and final consumers prefer reliable organizations that can provide food safety to supply the products they need. Organizations can gain this trust by proving them with a food safety management system that covers all processes.
ISO 22000 is an international standard that can be applied to all organizations in the global food supply chain. It provides infrastructure for compliance with national standards and covers most of the requirements for current food safety standards. The structure of ISO 22000 is compatible with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 management systems standards.
What are the benefits of ISO 22000?
- It provides more effective and dynamic food safety hazard control.
- It makes risk analysis for all control measures.
- It provides the reduction of foodborne diseases.
- It reduces poor quality costs by preventing issues such as product return.
- It minimizes the problems encountered in official audits.
- It ensures compliance with relevant legislation.
- It contributes to the demonstration of the care shown to the customers to food safety and to increase the market share.
- It gives customers confidence that products are produced in a healthy and safe way.