The consumption of unsafe food can be a major health hazard. The food security management ISO standards help organizations locate and control the food security threats while collaborating with other ISO management standards such as ISO 9001. ISO 22000 can be applied to all production types and it provides a level of reassurance within the global food supply chain, helping products cross borders and providing people with food they can rely on.
ISO 22000 applies to all organizations in the food and animal feed industry, regardless of their size or industrial field. Following the same high-level structure (HLS) with other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001 (quality management), it has been design in such a way so that it can be incorporated to the already existing organization management procedures but it can also be used individually.
ISO 22000 incorporates the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system principles as well as the application steps developed by the Codex Alimentarius commission. By means of auditable requirements, it combines the HACCP plan with prerequisite programmes. Hazard analysis is the key to an effective food safety management system, since conducting a hazard analysis assists in organizing the knowledge required to establish an effective combination of control measures.
ISO 22000 requires that all hazards that may be reasonably expected to occur in the food chain, including hazards that may be associated with the type of process and facilities used, are identified and assessed. Thus, it provides the means to determine and document why certain identified hazards need to be controlled by a particular organization and why others need not.
ISO 22000 allows organizations to create a food security management system which allows them to ameliorate their overall performance when it comes to food safety issues. The main benefits of using this standard include: