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Today more than ever, food products regularly cross national boundaries at every stage of the supply chain. ISO International Standards create confidence in the products we eat or drink by ensuring the world uses the same recipe when it comes to food quality, safety and efficiency. ISO’s standards provide a platform for developing practical tools through common understanding and cooperation with all stakeholders on board – from agricultural producers, to food manufacturers, laboratories, regulators, consumers, etc. Out of more than 19000 ISO International Standards, some 1 000 are specifically dedicated to food, and deal with subjects as diverse as agricultural machinery, logistics, transportation, manufacturing, labelling, packaging and storage.

On this page you will find topical information, news articles and other resources about ISO standards and food.

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Articles on this topic

New ISO standard speeds up quality control and facilitates trade of probiotics and starter cultures

by Sandrine Tranchard

Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, present in yogurt and other dairy products, are well-known medical foods used as a probiotic, or "friendly bacteria", to maintain a healthy digestive tract. Flow cytometry, a cell-counting method for assessing the quality of cultures by determining the proportion of active cells, had met with a degree of skepticism. Now, a new ISO standard rubber-stamps the validity of this method, speeding up quality control and facilitating trade.

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New analytical methods for micronutrient testing of infant formula

by Sandrine Tranchard

Eight new International Standards specifying methods for testing vitamins and other micronutrients in infant formula will help ensure their nutrient content conforms to their declaration.

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The revision of ISO 22000 on food safety management is underway

by Sandrine Tranchard

Ensuring food is safe along the entire food chain is a major concern in our modern societies, where products sometimes cross several borders before reaching the end consumer.

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News

From farm to plate, ISO standards make food safe

Do you know how safe is your plate?

Everyday, food moves from country to country, as it is produced and then consumed. This can make food vulnerable to contamination and other hazards, , so how can we have confidence in the products we eat and drink?

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ISO Store

  • ISO 22000:2005
    Food safety management systems -- Requirements for any organization in the food chain
  • ISO 22004:2014
    Food safety management systems -- Guidance on the application of ISO 22000
  • ISO 22005:2007
    Traceability in the feed and food chain -- General principles and basic requirements for system design and implementation

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Related TCs

TC 34 Food products

TC 34/SC 17 Management systems for food safety