What is ISO 22000
Food safety is one of the most important areas that every food producing organization adhere to in order to be competitive and stay in business. The International Standard Organization created ISO 22000 or better known as Food Safety Management System for the food supply chain in order to eliminate food hazards.
The unique aspect of ISO 22000 is that it is not only applicable to a single point in the food chain but rather requires all units to be highly involved in order to maintain the food safety quality of the end product. This means that an active participation of every involved organization in the production and delivery need to work with one another to establish a quality management system to conform with the standard.
ISO 22000 was derived from the principles of HACCP system or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. These principles include conducting food hazard analysis, identification and establishing limits in critical control points in the food production process, monitoring and corrective actions for critical points as well as ensuring that the quality system is effective and record keeping procedures are in place. This means that communication between organizations in the food chain production, preparation and distribution need to work hand in hand and communicate effectively to achieve the highest standard in the delivery of its product to the consumers.
The biggest benefit of being ISO 22000 compliant is having a lower risk in liability. Since food hazard can jeopardize the entire food chain supply, by having a food safety quality management system, the organization’s credibility is established not only to its market but also within its industry. Food suppliers with ISO 22000 has more credibility and are preferred since they tend to conform with food regulatory standards. Because of this, lower cost of sales is enjoyed since it’s a straightforward system that can easily earn consumer trust. This can result to a competitive market advantage and generally promotes improved customer and supplier relationships. With continuous improvement of the quality management system in food chain supply, organizations can expect reduced cost in production since lean processes are applied and therefore eliminating the possibilities of errors and customer dissatisfaction.
Since food safety quality is a primary demand of consumers, it is expected that any company in the food supply chain adhere to a specific quality standard in order to sell its products. Food hazard has to be avoided and eliminated at all cost since it can directly affect the health and safety of consumers and can entail serious risk to the population as well as the company’s reputation. Given the consequences of noncompliance to regulatory food safety standards, it is highly recommended that organizations in the food supply chain adopt a systematic and lean methodology in its processes.
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