ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management Systems

In the recent times, almost every food consumer in the world has developed a very high concern over the quality and the safety standard of the food after a torrent of food scandals. Umpteen amounts of short coming over the food supply chain has raised a substantial amount of questions over consumer’s food and health related safety. In order to improve the food quality and safety with consumer health in mind, effective measures and processes were implemented with the main aim of eliminating the risks associated with food safety. Such measures lead the entire food supply chain businesses to demonstrate their ability to be in compliance with the legal requirements concerning the area of food safety and hygiene.

The process and practice of food inspection has its history starting from the purity testing of brewed drinks way back in the ancient era. However, it was only during the early 19th century in the USA where, the concern over the food safety rose to a serious level where a distinct law has been put in place in regards to the control and compliance over the food safety.

WHAT IS ISO 22000 Food Safety Standard?

ISO 22000 is an internationally recognised standard for Food Safety Management System that incorporates the widely proven HACCP and Good Manufacturing Principles which applies to any organization in the food chain, farm to fork. ISO 22000:2005 is a standard dealing with food safety which specifies the necessity of food safety management system for the organizations representing a food chain such that they could validate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.It applies to the processes that create and control the products and services an organisation supplies where it prescribes systematic control of activities to ensure that the needs and expectations of customers are met.

An integral part of the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System is the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), which is an internationally recognized system that has conceived several points for ensuring that the production process occurs with proper safety measures intact and all or any hazard scenarios are taken out of the question.

The core Principles of HACCP


ISO 22000 standards are align with generic system of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to enable effective system integrationto maintain harmonization of managing food safety system for all organizations in the food chain and for those organizations supplying to the food chain, materials and services that could impact on the safety of food. ISO 22000 / FSSC 22000 standard helps in avoiding physical, chemical and biological hazards being retained in finish goods. The ISO 22000 standard requirements are helpful in implementation of an effective food safety management system through a framework for the continual improvement, development and implementation of a FSMS, where controls are being established at raw materials, manufacturing processes, storage processing, packing processes, logistics processes etc. to avoid food hazards.

This heavily coveted standard was created by organisations to ensure that there is absolute safety in all the industries who are involved in the production and distribution of food. The ISO 22000 helps the organizations build a strong customer focus and ensures consistent top management commitment through an effective process approach wherein all processes in the system are managed for building efficiencies and effectiveness.

WHY ISO 22000 IS NECESSARY

ISO 22000 offers a framework to the organization where continual improvement process is established for evaluating and assessing customer requirements that relates to food safety and demonstrating conformity to these requirement. Food Safety means adequate controls on presence of food based hazards in food at the time of its consumptions as the food supply chain is not a single stage process. It is a combined effort of all the party participating in the food chain, this includes Feed Producers, Primary Producers through manufacturer, Transporter, Store operator, wholesalers, retailers, Caterers, Food Service Outlets and Producers of Equipment’s, Packaging Materials, Cleaning Agents, Additives & preservatives & Ingredients and Service providers. An effective and FSMS helps the organization to prevent problems like the presence of Microbes, Toxins and Adulteration etc before its occurrence & Suggest Corrective action.

The major benefits of getting certified to ISO 22000,


Registration to ISO 22000 by an accredited certification body shows committed to quality, customers, and a willingness to work towards improving efficiency where the organisation demonstrates the existence of an effective quality management system that satisfies the rigours of an independent external audit. However, organizations need to keep on improving internally so that they are able to achieve customer satisfaction.

WHO SHOULD BE ISO 22000 CERTIFIED?

The ISO 22000 is also perfect for companies who are seeking to integrate their food safety management system with the quality management system of the ISO 9001 Standards.The standard is applicable to all organizations directly or indirectly involved in one of the stages, related to the food chain, intending implementing a management system that would guarantee food safety for consumers. Various companies, from seed producers, meat or milk processors, etc., to food transportation companies and even retailers, private food unit or equipment manufactures for the food industry can successfully apply ISO 22000:2005. Adaption of ISO 22000:2005 should be a planned Decision of any Organization; Design & Implementation & time required is basically depend on the following factor:


Implementing an effective FSMS gives your organization a global competitive edge with ISO 22000:2005 certification and establishes a food safety framework in your place to help meet your business targets with improved efficiency and cutting. The means of meeting any requirements of ISO 22000:2005 can be accomplished through the use of internal and/or external resources. Where the International Standard specifies requirements to enable an organisation

  • To plan, implement, operate, maintain and update a food safety management system aimed at providing products that, according to their intended use, are safe for the consumer.
  • To demonstrate compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory food safety requirements.
  • To evaluate and assess customer requirements and demonstrate conformity with those mutually agreed customer requirements that relate to food safety, in order toenhance customer satisfaction.
  • To effectively communicate food safety issues to their suppliers, customers and relevant interested parties in the food chain.
  • To ensure that the organisation conforms to its stated food safety policy.
  • To demonstrate such conformity to relevant interested parties.
  • To seek certification or registration of its food safety management system by an external organisation, or make a self-assessment or self-declaration of conformity to this International Standard.

Safe food is a worldwide issue. It becomes very important when there is a peer pressure from consumers, retailers, social groups, and legislative bodies affecting the whole food supply chain. The Answers is TRAIBCERT CERTIFICATION for ISO 22000:2005.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ISO 22000

In brief, ISO 22000 prescribes the criteria for a food safety management system that an organization may want to build. Any type of an organization within a food chain can refer to these criteria and develop its own food safety management system. Once all applicable criteria are addressed, the organization can get this food safety management system certified from Traibcert limited.Food safety management systems that conform to ISO 22000 are certifiable as it is a viable solution to the increasing demands for supplier certification in the food sector. The standard is flexible enough to be implemented only for the benefits it bestows without certification of conformity.

Receiving an ISO 22000 Certification is a necessarily a cinch, in addition to conforming to the HACCP; you will need to have certain prerequisite measures to taken and documents to be assimilated. The ISO 22000 standard contains the specific requirements to be addressed by the Food Safety Management System which includes,


The main requirements of ISO 22000 certification that every organisation should fulfill are:

  • Fulfillment of all statutory and regulatory requirements specified for products/services being offered.
  • Food safety policy.
  • Emergency preparedness and response.
  • Sophisticated infrastructure and work environment to control food hazards.
  • Implementation of prerequisite plans.
  • Control of non conformity.
  • Validation of food safety control measures.
  • Implementation of operational prerequisite plans.
  • Hazard analysis and critical control point identification (HACCP).

Once all the requirements of ISO 22000 have been met, it is time for an external audit to be carried out by an independent third party accredited certification body like TRAIBCERT who will review the quality manuals and procedures over the certification roadmap.

CERTIFICATION PROCEDURE

Preliminary audit (optional):

TRAIBCERT’s experienced and highly-skilled auditors would listen to you and perform an initial assessment to understand audit issues and maximize your chances of being certified.The audit focuses mainly on the areas of the system that needs further improvements inline with the standard’s requirements, in order to achieve the business objectives. Once identifying and eradicating potential vulnerabilities in the management system, the actual audit in relation to the certification begins.

Certification audit:

This phase is comprised of a stage 1 and stage 2 audit consists of detailed review where, TRAIBCERT’s auditors with expertise and vast knowledge on the industry sectors, assess your documentation, interviews your teams, analyzes your practices, your data against the requirements of the standard inview of fulfilling the requirements. We strive to reveal observations that can add value through reduced costs, increased efficiency, and decreased time to market.

Issue Certificate:

Once our highly competent & qualified auditors who are experts in the sector, identifies that yousatisfy the requirements of ISO 22000-2005, we TRAIBCERT a leading accredited certification body will Issue the ISO 22000-2005 certificate.

Monitoring:

Annual surveillance of the ongoing optimization of your processes and management system would be carried out to ensure adherence of the system with that of the ISO standards.

Renewal:

Upon reaching 3 years from the date of issuance of certificate, the maximum validity of the certificate, we will provide full support to your organization towards the re-certification for the next term.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Some of the key benefits of getting your organization certified to ISO 22000 are:

  • A preventative approach to food safety that reduces the need for and the cost of end product testing
  • Provides evidence of due diligence & reduces the likelihood of product recall & adverse publicity
  • Increases operational efficiencies and reduces operating costs.
  • Facilitates better understanding of food packaging safety issues throughout the organization
  • Continual improvement of processes and improved risk management.
  • Greater traceability and consistency of product.
  • Improved stakeholder, suppliers, employee relationship and customer satisfaction.
  • A clear, auditable, global standard providing a framework to bring together all parts of your Food Safety Management System (FSMS)
  • Achieve regulatory and statutory requirements of legal compliance through management reviews and internal audits.
  • Proven business credentials and procures more businesses.
  • Accomplish safety, quality and legality.
  • Demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to food safety
  • Ensure control, at all stages of the food supply chain, are in place to prevent food safety hazards
  • Embed and improve the internal processes needed to provide consistently safe food
  • Provide a framework for management commitment, supplier and customer communication and continuous improvement of the food safety system
  • Provide confidence to customers and other stakeholders that you have the ability to control food safety hazards and provide safe products
  • Provide a means of continual improvement that ensures the food safety management system is reviewed and updated, so that all activities related to food safety remain safe and effective

WHY TRAIBCERT?

We at TRAIBCERT,an independent third party certification body, will bring into our years of experience and device comprehensive strategies to impart your organisation with the complete skill set, and also for bringing it up to speed so as to comply with all the HACCP Principles and the Food Safety Management System standards.We help organizations in achieving ISO 22000 food safety management system certification with complete guidance to Gap analysis/Pre audit, template designing, training, document assessment.

At TRAIBCERT, we follow a friendly approach and a dislike of bureaucracy. Our highly experienced and domain oriented auditors that have empathy with this approach as they are also carefully allocated by their experience in the industry they are auditing. This results in a practical, meaningful audit, carried out in an air of mutual understanding. We also, believe that audits should benefit the organisation that requests it, not be an intellectual exercise to 'please' the auditor.

With an ISO 22000 certification by TRAIBCERT your organisation will benefit in terms of:

Enhanced brand image –

  • An ISO 22000 certified organization is considered to be more reliable than the other similar organizations that are not certified.
  • The certification is globally accepted and is gained by large as well as small organizations hence bring an equality in terms its positioning of brand reliability per say.
  • The certification adds up to the brand recognition.

Increase in the trust level of all interested parties –

  • Interested parties of an organization include its customers, owners, employees, suppliers, bankers, etc.
  • Improved consistency of the organization after application of ISO 22000 based food safety management system,
  • The organization’s performance becomes more and more reliable improving trust level and confidence of all these interested parties get a boost.

Improved compliance –

  • The ISO 22000 requires the organization to establish certain pre-requisite program that in most cases meet the statutory and regulatory requirements pertaining to food hygiene.
  • The organization witnesses an improved compliance to such requirements.

Social benefits ­–

  • By consistently delivering safe to consume food, an ISO 20000 certified organization contributes to the betterment of the society in terms of reduction in food borne diseases.

Better shelf life –

  • By adopting the various measures through an application of the food safety management system, the product shelf life improves due to the reduction in the contamination.

At TRAIBCERT, we offer a wide range of ISO 22000 training and certification designed to help you accomplish one of the globally recognized food safety management systems. TRAIB CERT FSMS Certification gives your organization a global competitive edge and establishes a quality framework in your place which enables you to meet business targets with improved efficiency and cutting costs.

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