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.
The ISO 22000 family of International Standards addresses food safety management.
The consequences of unsafe food can be serious and ISO’s food safety management standards help organizations identify and control food safety hazards. As many of today's food products repeatedly cross national boundaries, International Standards are needed to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain.
The ISO 22000 family contains a number of standards each focusing on different aspects of food safety management.
- ISO 22000:2005 contains the overall guidelines for food safety management.
- ISO/TS 22004:2005 contains guidelines for applying ISO 22000
- ISO 22005:2007 focuses on traceability in the feed and food chain
- ISO/TS 22002-1:2009 contains specific prerequisites for food manufacturing
- ISO/TS 22002-3:2011 contains specific prerequisites for farming
- ISO/TS 22003:2007 provides guidelines for audit and certification bodies
Video: ISO and food safety
ISO 22000:2005 sets out the requirements for a food safety management system and can be certified to. It maps out what an organization needs to do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe. It can be used by any organization regardless of its size or position in the food chain.
More information on ISO 22000
The standards in the ISO 22000 family are developed by the technical committee TC 34/SC 17. More information on ISO 22000 can be found on the TC 34/SC 17 homepage.
ISO Standards in
More information about ISO Standards and the food sector can be found on ISO Standards in Action: Food.