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Food Safety (ISO 22000) Why is it Important?

What is ISO 22000?

There is an international standard that is intended to be used within the food industry, which is called ISO 22000. Which, allows organisation and business to understand what traditional quality assurance and preventive food safety measured should be implemented within their industry.

ISO 22000 is a globally accepted international standard, which specifies requirements for food safety management systems. This was established in 20005, ISO 22000 is applicable to all organisations and businesses in the food industry. Whose main objective will be to ensure food safety.

Why is Food Safety Management Important?

The potential benefits of ISO 22000 are numerous. The most significant are tangible and demonstrable improvements in food safety performance and a greater level of assurance in legal compliance.

The ISO 22000 standard enables your organisation to:

  • Build and operate a food safety management system within a well-defined and clear framework that is flexible to your business needs and expectations.
  • Understand what the risks are for your consumers and company.
  • Provide a tool for food safety performance improvement and the means to monitor and measure food safety performance effectively.
  • Better meet food safety legal compliance and corporate requirements.

Certification to the standard provides an effective means for your company to communicate with stakeholders and other interested parties. As a result an important element in demonstrating food safety commitment under corporate governance, corporate responsibility, and financial reporting requirements.

How can I prepare for certification?

The process described in ISO 22000 includes the following steps:

  • Identify, evaluate, and control the food safety hazards that may be expected to occur to avoid harming the consumer directly or indirectly.
  • Communicate appropriate information through the food chain regarding safety issues related to the product.
  • Communicate information concerning development, implementation, and updating of the food safety management system throughout the organisation.
  • Evaluate periodically and update, when necessary, the food safety management system to cover the company’s activities and the most recent information on food safety hazards.

In brief, implementing ISO 22000 is a complex undertaking, which requires the whole organisation. Generally speaking it can take between three months to a year from scoping, to certification, ultimately depending on numerous factors. In the long run, the few months of setting up and implementing ISO 22000 can save a lot of money and time for the organisation, in the future.

In short an Accreditation Body which is widely used in Australia under which many Certification Bodies work is called Jas Anz. Moreover, this Accreditation Body Jas Anz is part of the world wide Accreditation bodies called International Accreditation Forum www.iaf.nu

If you are looking to get certified in ISO 22000, please do not hesitate to Get a Quote or call us at 0450 737 576.

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