The International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 22000 international standard pertains to food safety management. Since the consequences of unsafe food can seriously affect both the public and food manufacturers, ISO’s food safety management standard helps companies identify and control food safety hazards. And because many food products are distributed internationally, ISO 22000 is intended to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain.
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ISO 22000 establishes the requirements for a food safety management system to which food manufacturers and suppliers can be certified. The ISO 22000 standard lays out the details of what a manufacturer must demonstrate to prove its ability to control food hazards that could lead to contaminated food products. ISO 22000 can be used by manufacturers or organizations of any size involved in the production or distribution of food products.
ISO 22000 certification provides a manufacturer with the following advantages:
A primary focus of ISO 22000 standards is to confirm a level of document management that integrates all components of a company’s quality system. Without this connectedness functionality, ISO recognizes that a quality control system is inherently weak. ISO 22000 facilitates the effective management of a company’s quality management system (QMS) through its benchmark standards, from customer complaints and CAPA, to deviations and noncomformances.
ISO 22000 standard includes specific requirements that must be satisfied by a Food Safety Management System. An example of an ISO 22000 checklist might include setting up standard operating procedures (SOPS) for the following actions:
MasterControl, a leading provider of software solutions for compliance with ISO 22000 and other ISO standards, offers a suite of configurable, easy-to-use integrated applications that are uniquely suited to help the food manufacturing and distribution industry comply with the requirements of ISO and those of other regulatory bodies. For more information about how MasterControl can help your company comply with ISO 22000, contact a representative today.
MasterControl and its partner, i4DM, have served as the quality management system (QMS) providers for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs since 2009. They also serve as QMS providers for the Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis, part of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).