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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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ISO & food

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

ISO Pack: Food Safety Management Systems

Practical management processes for all food businesses, from Farm to Fork.

Articles on this topic

Unsure you are doing your food safety system right? A new standard can help you

by Maria Lazarte

As a food manufacturer or a regulator, safety is one of your biggest concerns. But how can you make sure that your food safety management system (FSMS) follows global best practice? If you are looking for advice to ensure your FSMS is up to standard then ISO 22004 can help you out.

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Cheers to quality

by Maria Lazarte

For some, the choice is simple : light or dark, lager or ale. But for the true beer lover, the stakes are higher, the options wider.

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How standards help the cream rise to the top

Raised on a dairy farm in southern Ontario, Canada, the young John Walter, now CEO of the Standards Council of Canada, never thought that a childhood spent milking cows would lead to a career in standards. Here, he tells us how life in the creamery can generate unsuspected rewards.

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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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  • 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