ISO 22000 family - 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.

ISO 22000:2005

ISO 50001:2011 provides a framework of requirements for organizations to:

*Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
*Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy
*Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
*Measure the results
*Review how well the policy works, and
*Review how well the policy works, and

Certification to ISO 50001

ISO 22000:2005 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.

Do you trust the food you eat?

The global food industry has never faced more challenges. From tainted dairy products to contaminated beef, high-profile cases crop up regularly to dent consumer confidence, while leading companies work hard to reclaim lost faith. So, how trustworthy is your food?

Food safety is something we tend to take for granted. When we scan well-stocked supermarket shelves to select food and beverages for our weekly shop, most of us trust – and expect – that the contents of the packets of foodstuffs on display will match the information on the labels. The provenance of the food is something we rarely question, but is everything we eat and drink really what we think it is?

"The consequences of food fraud are estimated to cost legitimate food retailers up to USD 15 billion a year."

The horsemeat scandal shattered consumer confidence in the food industry. It turned the spotlight on the whole issue of food safety and food crime, exposing potential fault lines in increasingly complex food industry supply chains, which offer huge potential to criminals to pursue

their misdeeds. This was a Europe-wide issue, with meat products, from ready meals to beef burgers, found to have been contaminated with horsemeat and pork. The scandal erupted after tests were carried out by the Irish Food Authority on a range of meat products sold in major supermarkets. Prior to that, no such tests had been carried out as no one had expected horsemeat, or pork, to be found in beef products.

In the UK, for example, an independent review into the food system in the wake of the horsemeat scandal called for an urgent overhaul of how the food system was policed. The recommendations in the report eventually led to the establishment of the National Food Crime Unit, which works with not only police forces across the UK but also with Europol and the Food Fraud Network that links food safety authorities across Europe.


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