Ensuring quality and safety in food supply chains new ISO brochure

ISO & food – Quality and safety from farm to fork cover

Issue 36 – March 2012

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a new brochure, ISO & food – Quality and Safety From Farm to Fork, that provides a concise overview of the Standards available to ensure quality and safety in the food industry.

Today more than ever, food products regularly cross national boundaries at every stage of the supply chain. ISO 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.

The brochure highlights the benefits of ISO Standards for industry, regulators, and consumers. Out of over 19 000 ISO Standards, some 1000 are dedicated to food and cover subjects as diverse as agricultural machinery, logistics, transportation, manufacturing, labelling, packaging, and storage. These Standards provide benefits for all participants in the supply chain, from farm to transportation and logistics, from manufacturing to retailing and services, from consumers to regulators and analytical laboratories.

Series of Standards for food safety management

ISO has developed a series of Standards for food safety management systems that can be used by any organisation in the food supply chain. The series includes:

  • ISO 22000:2005 Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain. (By the end of 2010, some 18 630 certifications to ISO 22000 had been issued in 138 countries.)
  • ISO/TS 22002-1:2009 Prerequisite programmes on food safety – Part 1: Food manufacturing
  • ISO/TS 22002-3:2011 Prerequisite programmes on food safety – Part 3: Farming
  • ISO/TS 22003:2007 Food safety management systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
  • ISO/TS 22004:2005 Food safety management systems – Guidance on the application of ISO 22000:2005
  • ISO 22005:2007 Traceability in the feed and food chain – General principles and basic requirements for system design and implementation

Related Standards

  • AS/NZS ISO 15161:2003 Guidelines on the application of ISO 9001:2000 for the food and drink industry
  • ISO 22005:2007 Traceability in the feed and food chain – General principles and basic requirements for system design and implementation
  • ISO 22006:2009 Quality management systems – Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2008 to crop production

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