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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 19 500 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.

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How ISO's solutions can help ensure quality and safety in the food industry.

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All-in-one solution for food safety certification

A new handbook compiling two key standards for certifying food safety management systems puts all the information certification bodies need for reliable and efficient audits in one place.

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Future revision of ISO 22000 on food safety management - your voice matters

ISO 22000, the International Standard on food safety management systems was published in 2005. Since then, the markets’ needs have evolved and in September this year there are plans to revise the standard.

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Singapore supermarket saves 4.5 m Singaporean dollars a year with standards

Using standards has helped NTUC FairPrice, Singapore’s largest retailer, save approximately 4.5m Singaporean dollars a year.

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News archive

How to recognize quality saffron ?

Otherwise known as "red gold" and well known in cooking, saffron is the world's most expensive spice. But, as an object of desire it can also be a victim of fraud. Low quality saffron is often traded on international markets, and the specifications for pure saffron are not always respected. So, what is saffron worthy of its name?

Protein measurement standard expanded for greater consumer protection and harmonized trade

IDF and ISO have joined forces to expand the scope of an international standard used worldwide in the dairy industry to measure the protein content of cow's milk. The Kjeldahl method now encompasses milk from other species as well as internationally traded dairy products covered by Codex standards. The revised standard ISO 8968-1:2014 (IDF 20-1:2014) reconfirms the crucial role of the Kjeldahl method in trade harmonization and enhances consumer protection safeguards.

ISO 22301 to save your business

When a business is faced with the threat of sudden disruption to its operations, being able to respond quickly and effectively is the key to its survival. The Singapore-based food company Tan Seng Kee Foods Pte Ltd. didn’t wait for disaster to strike, but instead applied ISO 22301 for business continuity management. Today, the company is prepared – even for the worst.

ISO Store

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

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Related TCs

TC 34 Food products

TC 34/SC 17 Management systems for food safety