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What is ISO 22000:2005 ?


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Author: Ir. Nelson Law
Date: 5 March 2007


What is ISO 22000:2005 ?

ISO 22000 is called Food Safety Management Systems – Requirements for Organizations in the Food Chain. It was published by ISO in 2005.
Increasing consumer demand for safe food has led many organizations to develop food safety management systems, based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP).

We can see a number of food safety standards published by organizations all over the world such as :

Ø Codex Alimentarius Commission of United Nations
Ø Food and Drugs Administration of USA
Ø Danish Standard Association
Ø Holland Standard Association

In order to harmonize these standards, ISO started the development on an auditable standard, which defines HACCP’s role in food safety management systems. The ISO 22000 standard intends to define the food safety management requirements for companies that need to meet and exceed food safety regulations.

ISO 22000 can be used by all organisations in the supply chain - from farmers to food services, to processing, transportation, storage, retail and packaging.

ISO 22000 creates a safety standard that’s accepted on a worldwide basis and it integrates multiple principles, methodologies and applications.

ISO 22000 specifies the requirements for a food safety management system that combines well-recognized key elements to ensure food safety along the food chain, up to the point of final consumption:

1. Introduce a system approach by establishing Policies, Objectives, Communication, Emergency preparedness etc.

2. Create a structure that’s aligned with ISO 9001:2000, including the incorporation of Management Review, Internal Audit, Continual Improvement etc.

3. Comply with the HACCP principles – conduct Hazard Analysis, identify Critical Control Points (CCP’s), monitor CCPs, establish Corrective Actions, keep Records, perform Verification etc.

4. Enhance the concept of Prerequisite Programmes (PRP’s). Determine Operational PRP’s, monitor them and take Corrective Actions if needed.