ISO 22000: 2018 Food Safety Management System (Implementation and Internal Auditing)
ISO 22000: 2018 The adoption of a food safety management system (FSMS) is a strategic decision for an organization that can help to improve its overall performance in food safety. The potential benefits to an organization of implementing a FSMS based on the ISO standards are:
the ability to consistently provide safe foods, products and services that meet customer, applicable statutory and regulatory requirements;
addressing risks associated with its product, operations and company objectives;
the ability to demonstrate conformity to specified FSMS requirements and industry related guidelines.
Meeting customer and industry requirement
Food safety is related to the presence of food safety hazards at the time of consumption (intake by the consumer). Food safety hazards can occur at any stage of the food chain. Therefore, adequate control throughout the food chain is essential. Food safety is ensured through the combined efforts of all the parties in the food chain.
Under Food safety the following systems can be implemented:
GFSI – Meeting hygiene and customer basic requirements
HACCP certification – Meeting legal requirements, required for exportation. Is compulsory for the meat processing industries, Milk industry and exporting companies.
ISO 22000: 2018 system certification – meeting international standards and customer requirements
FSSC 22000: 2018 system certification – meeting international standards and customer requirements
Note FSSC 22000 quality can also be implemented to include food safety and quality (ISO 9001) requirements.