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Challenges of food security in Pakistan can be dealt through ISO 22000- FSMS

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.

 


437 billion dollar Halal industry and Halal certification

Halal economy is the new term to describe the convergence of Halal industry and Islamic finance which comes from one source- Islam. Muslim consumerism is valued at an astounding 2.1 trillion USD and the numbers are expected to grow.

By the year 2050 global population of Muslims will increase from a current 1.8 billion to 2.8 billion. Halal has been accepted global as a product of hygiene, quality, pure, safety and clean.

What is Halal Certification?

Halal certification is becoming mainstream in food industry as a safety measure to ensure the demand for producing and packaging food processed according to Islamic dietary laws using Halal Chicken, Mutton, Beef and other meat products is growing.

Its commencement began in the mid 60’s when the Muslims of the United States contacted the Muslim food and technical experts. A practical safety measure for Muslims living in the non Muslim societies needed to preserve their identity as a Muslim and fulfill their religious obligation, it became a useful tool to guarantee that the food products in non-muslim countries are acceptable in the Muslim world.

When globalization became a direction of world trading system, which removed barriers from one country to another with no food safety device in place for the Muslim community. Jewish people kept enforcing their religious requirements on products to be acceptable to them through certification and accreditation called “Kosher”.

Halal certification process consists of three P’s (prepared, processed and packed) also transportation and storage according to the Islamic principles.

According to laws the food must not contain forbidden substances and ingredients such as pork meat, blood, alcohol and other intoxicants. Food audits must be performed regularly by certified personnel who ensures all protocols of Inspection and certification of food safety and food hygiene is being followed.

Benefits of Halal Certification

Certification logo on the packaging items assures Muslim customers that food is served halal.

An overall standard of hygiene and sanitation is fervently observed in restaurants. Furthermore very stringent food safety rules make it popular amongst non Muslim customers as well.

Regulatory requirements of food exports are maintained resulting in market increase of halal food products across the globe.

Halal food industry

Pakistan has an immense potential in the billion dollar halal food industry share market because Pakistan is an agriculture state with an estimate of 169 million heads of quality livestock plus 74 million cattle and buffaloes and another 95 million sheeps and goats.

This count adds value to the halal products and attracts multi-state Muslim buyers to trade with Pakistan. Pakistan follows the proper accurate procedure of slaughtering(zibah) therefore the demand of halal product in this region is greatly appreciated. Standardized packaging and processing will boost the market and generate handsome revenue. Pakistan National Accreditation  Council was formed which is responsible for implementation of regulations controlling halal certification.  Pakistan may supersede its competitors like Malaysia and Indonesia as a major halal food producing country with its vast muslim population being evident to other muslim consumers.

 


ISO 22000: Ensuring food safety for a better & healthier life

With the growing population, the demand for food also increases. Food is a necessity and for some food is life but what if this food becomes life threatening? No one wants to put their life in danger rather would always prefer safe and healthy food.

Nothing can be more important than the health of a person and ISO 22000 makes sure that you get the quality food you deserve. Even if the world’s population may eat different things depending on their age, wealth and availability of stuff, the food industry impacts every person. Thus this industry has a massive effect on the whole population and needs to properly cater to the needs of this increasing population.

Food safety management

The ISO 22000 family of International Standards addresses food safety management. The consequences of unsafe food can be serious and 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 sets out the requirements for a food safety management system and can be certified to. 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.

Why eating places need to be certified?

A person feels better if he or she knows that the place they are eating at is certified and of good standard. It increases your chances of attracting customers and in turn more profits generated. Nowadays many places do not give food quality any value and this has resulted in more safety hazards. Therefore finding a certified place in this dreadful time is a blessing.

In fact it is the responsibility of food companies to make sure that their customers get the right thing. It helps to build trust between the two. 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.

Knowing whether ISO 22000 is right for you and your organization is simple: It works for each company, regardless of size or location. Outlining best practices within your company will allow you to deliver results, convey confidence across the board and impress stakeholders and consumers. 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.

ISO 22000 has a strong consensus throughout the world and gives developing countries a source that represents what the food safety standards must be in each country. Such standards allow countries to have defined characteristics of what their product and service standards should be to meet export market expectations. Because developing countries are just that—developing—this gives them the ability to meet standards for exporting food, which helps them avoid complications.

Better be safe

When food safety practices fail, dangerous and often extremely expensive consequences may result. Preventing potential problems before they happen through the implementation of food safety standards can rescue an organization from losses of all kinds. Therefore to avoid all sorts of complications it is better to be certified. One right decision at the right time saves you from a lot of hassle. Therefore don’t delay this process and get certified as soon as possible. With this standard you can enjoy various benefits such as higher quality jobs in the food industry, improved utilization of resources worldwide, increased company profits, Potential increased economic growth, Insurance of safer food and much more.