ISO standards and food

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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Nestlé CEO on the need for International Standards

Paul Bulcke has been Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé S.A., since April 2008. According to Mr. Bulcke, “ISO has a specific role to play as a truly global, multi-stakeholder, export-driven, consensus-based standardization organization: it enables us to work efficiently.”

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Seah Kian Peng - NTUC FairPrice

Seah Kian Peng is the Chief Executive Officer (Singapore) of NTUC Fairprice Co-operative. He is also a Member of Parliament for Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency, and the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. Mr. Seah has been with NTUC FairPrice since January 2001. During this period, he has worked with the team to transform Fair-Price into a multi-format retailer, and increased its market share and social impact whilst strengthening NTUC FairPrice’s brand equity. The current turnover of FairPrice is in excess of SGD (Sinaporean Dollar) 2.2 billion, with a staff strength of over 8 000 employees.

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Food safety training - Rwanda puts ISO 22000 on the menu

by Garry Lambert

Food industry companies across Rwanda are participating in a series of training seminars to encourage implementation of, and certification to, ISO 22000:2005, Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain. Launched in March 2010, the training programme, conducted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS), aims at helping local enterprises upgrade to ISO 22000, in a move to help promote exports of Rwandan food products.

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News archive

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.

New version of ISO/TS 22003 gives boost to food safety certification

Food safety is an increasingly important public health issue. The consequences of unsafe food can be serious and ISO's food safety management standards (ISO 22000 series) help organizations identify and control food safety hazards. Despite thousands of certificates issued to the standard - although this is not a requirement - consumer confidence in the food industry has been waning in recent years, calling for an urgent injection of trust.

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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