Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS)
Food Safety Management Systems against ISO 22000
ISO 22000:2018, sets the requirements for any organization in the food chain, for food safety management systems. It describes what is needed by an organization to demonstrate that it’s capable of controlling all kinds of food hazards, thereby ensuring that the food is safe for consumption.
Who benefits from ISO standards for food?
Any entity in the food supply chain including farmer, manufacturer, or retailer, can benefit from establishing and implementing effective management systems in line with ISO 22000 & other best practices.
In addition, these international standards help meet statutory and regulatory requirements.
These standards help regulators in a way that they can rely on proven methods for testing as well as harmonized terminology that are constantly reviewed and improved, as a technical basis for regulation and policy.
From consumers’ point of view, the standards ensure food safety, the accuracy of nutritional labeling, hygienic requirements, additives, and more. This gives them the assurance that the food they consume meets safety standards for safety and quality is as written on the packing.
What are the benefits of food safety management systems established against ISO 22000?
Key potential benefits include:
- Stakes holders mapping – knowing their needs and expectations
- Documentation to the extent needed only – tailored to fit the context of the business
- Compliance with regulatory requirements
- Risk management in food safety processes in a more systematic way
- Fulfilment of contractual requirements i.e. tender and bidding process
- Systematic development of skills of the staff
- Effective communications – internal and external
- Consistency through standardization of operational processes
- Traceability through monitoring & measuring
- Improvement initiatives through analysis & evaluation, setting objectives, corrective action, awareness & training, effective auditing and effective management reviews