ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety Management System
ISO 22000 enables businesses in the food chain to develop an effective management system to implement food safety requirements. ISO 22000, one of the most important standards for food safety certificates, is valid for all businesses in the food chain. Its principles and procedures are practiced all over the world.
Today, the increase in food demand in parallel with the increase in the world population has made it necessary to monitor, manage and ensure safety of all food processes field to table. In this context, it is of great importance to eliminate the factors that threaten human and animal health in steps such as the preparation, processing, production and packaging, storage, distribution, sale and ultimately consumption of foods. ISO 22000 is a standard developed in this context, and it ensures that all large or small businesses in the food sector comply with food safety policies and demonstrate this compliance to all their stakeholders.
What is ISO 22000?
The latest version of ISO 22000 has been published under the name "Food safety management systems - Requirements for organizations in the food chain". It is also in force in our country as TS EN ISO 22000. A business that wants to obtain food safety certificates must first meet the requirements of this standard; for this, it should establish a food safety management system within itself. ISO 22000 provides guidance to all businesses to keep food safe throughout the food supply chain. By applying the articles, rules and principles of the standard;
minimizing food safety risks,
protection of human health,
reducing the hazards to a controllable level,
It is possible to monitor and manage all stages.
The basis of ISO 22000 and food safety certificates is based on ISO 9001, the most general standard on quality in businesses. We can consider ISO 22000 as the version of ISO 9001 applied to the field of food safety.
The basic items of ISO 22000, which provides an infrastructure for food safety certificates in businesses, are as follows:
The context of the organization
Determines the scope of food safety in businesses, explains the relevant parties.
Enables top management to lead the issue of food safety certifications and management systems.
It ensures the identification of risks related to food safety, the definition of targets and the necessary planning.
Risk management ensures the participation of employees and the regulation of relations with other stakeholders for the realization of goals and the implementation of plans.
All activities on food safety; explains the management of activities such as measurement, monitoring, analysis, corrective and preventive action, detection of nonconformities.
It measures how successful the business and its employees are at the point of implementation of ISO 22000. Draws a roadmap for continuous improvement.
What are the Benefits of ISO 22000 Certificate?
The gains to be obtained directly or indirectly by a business that has obtained ISO 22000 Certificate are as follows:
Fast, effective, consistent methods and techniques that are valid all over the world can be applied to ensure food safety.
Businesses make their products safer; makes processes more efficient.
This increases customer satisfaction, thus increasing sales and profitability.
Confidence in the business increases; brand value increases.
Obtaining different food safety certificates becomes easier.
It can adapt to national and international standards related to food safety faster. A more legally responsible business image is created.
It can be integrated faster and easier with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and many more management systems.
A very important corporate social responsibility mission in the protection and development of public health is realized. This makes a direct contribution to sustainability.
The door to new investments and different markets can be opened in the food sector.
Who Should Apply the ISO 22000 Standard?
The scope of ISO 22000 is quite broad. If a food business wants to become a responsible organization by obtaining food safety certificates, it should first refer to this standard. Among the business types that ISO 22000 addresses, we can list the following:
Businesses that provide services such as the production, supply, transportation, storage, distribution, sale, etc. of all kinds of food
Businesses such as restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars, etc.
Companies that produce machinery, equipment and equipment used in food factories
Manufacturers producing animal feeds and additives
Companies producing packaging for foods
Companies that sell retail food
Companies that manufacture food contact materials
Cleaning products and disinfectants manufacturers
Businesses that offer catering services