ISO 22000 - Food safety management

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.

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ISO 22000:2005

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.

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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.

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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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