Food safety describes the methods of handling, preparing and storing food in such a way so that food borne illness can be prevented. It is necessary to follow some steps in order to ensure safety of food as lives of many depend on this food that you provide to them. A number of routines are needed to be followed to prevent potential health hazards. The tracks within this line of thought are safety between industry and the market and then between the market and the consumer.
With technological advances the production and use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides has significantly increased due to which food is now not in its pure form. Moreover these chemicals are harmful to human body therefore our lives are at stake. Every human needs food to survive and we need to make sure that what we eat doesn’t harm us. For this we put our faith on the suppliers and it is the duty of these suppliers to take care of the safety of our lives and of the food they are providing. This can be done very easily through the use of standards.
ISO 22000 is a globally accepted international standard, which specifies the requirements for food safety management systems. Established in 2005, ISO 22000 is applicable to all organizations involved in the food chain, whose main objective is to ensure food safety. ISO 22000 is used along with requirements for prerequisite programs for the appropriate industry sector. ISO’s food safety management standards help organizations identify and control food safety hazards. As many of today’s food products repeatedly cross national boundaries, International Standards are needed to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain. It maps out what an organization needs to do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe. It can be used by any organization regardless of its size or position in the food chain. Also it ensures that an organization is providing quality food.
With a greater focus on risk-based thinking and aligned to ISO’s high level structure, the new ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems can deliver additional benefits to organizations of all sizes throughout the food chain:
- Improved control over food safety activities
- Customer, statutory and regulatory compliance
- Facilitated market growth
- Increased customer, stakeholder and consumer confidence in products
- Improved risk management
- Integration with other ISO management systems
The main advantage of ISO 22000 is that it is a general standard, so its principles can be used for all kinds of food/feed industries dependent on risk assessment thinking. It gives a company responsibility for handling its own production and products based on its own knowledge and experience. Of course, the whole system relies on appropriate documentation and analysis, and third-party auditing ensures that the company lives up to an acceptable level of quality for a modern food industry.
Your customers are greatly benefited as they get safe food, better quality of services and moreover a stress free life. This in turn boosts your business and the people think of you as a good company. When you take care of the health of others than people will come to you themselves. As you develop a relation of trust with them. In contrast to this those companies who do not focus on customer health will suffer due to their irrational thinking. All companies certified by this standard share the same food safety language and all these standards are accepted worldwide. The more you use them the better lifestyle you can have.