Food Safety Management System ISO 22000: 2018
The consequences of unsafe food can be serious. The ISO 22000:2018 food safety management standard helps organizations identify and control food safety hazards, at the same time as working together with other ISO management standards such as ISO 9001. Applicable to all types of producers, ISO 22000 provides a layer of reassurance within the global food supply chain, helping products cross borders and bringing people food that they can trust. ISO’s food standards benefit producers and manufacturers, regulators and retailers and, most important of all, consumers. Whatever their size, or product, all food producers have a responsibility to manage the safety of their products and the well-being of their consumers. The internationally recognized certification from RICI Co. W.L.L will support organizations to assure their customers that, whether it is a plastic bottle or the food prepared in a restaurant, their health and safety is of the utmost priority.
The Food Safety Management System (FSMS) identifies and controls food safety hazards at every stage of food preparation, through a holistic system of controls consisting of:
- HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system) principles: a scientific and systematic approach towards identifying, preventing, and reducing food-borne hazards in the food process chain.
- Pre-requisite programmes: basic programmes and practices that establish and maintain a hygienic environment.
(Examples of such programmes include a daily regimen of monitoring food handlers’ practices during food preparation, screening staff to ensure those who are unwell do not handle food, regular pest control treatments, and cross-contamination prevention procedures.)
- Efficient and accurate maintenance of documentation and records to ensure FSMS is monitored easily, and to allow traceability of hazards to the contamination source.
Benefits of ISO 22000
- Internationally-recognized standard for controlling food safety hazards
- Flexibility, allowing it to be applied to all organizations in the food supply chain, thus encouraging cooperation in addressing food safety hazards
- Possible integration of the food safety and quality management schemes within an organization (e.g. ISO 9001)
- Provides a framework for management commitment, communication with suppliers and customers, and continuous improvement of the food safety system
- Demonstrates an organization’s commitment to food safety