The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has provided a new edition of the standard ISO 22000.
The new edition brings further clarification for food safety management systems worldwide, helping companies continuously improve their operational processes. The new edition standard contains requirements for any organisation in the food chain and sets out a clear method of successful management. By thorough identification, prevention and reduction, companies and organisations can minimise the effect of food-borne hazards entering the supply chain. The update also includes:
- Adoption of the High-Level Structure common to all ISO management system standards, making it easier for organisations to combine ISO 22000 with other management systems (such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001).
- A new approach to risk – as a vital concept in the food business – which distinguishes between risk at the operational level and the business level of the management system
- Strong links to the Codex Alimentarius, a United Nations food group that develops food safety guidelines for governments
The latest edition of ISO 22000 replaces the dated 2005 edition, organisations certified to the old standard have 3 years from publication to move over to new practices. Updates to standards make food inspection much simpler when paired with digital inspection, inspectors can use a diverse set of tools to keep customers and workers safe.