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Food safety standard ISO 22000 release marks start of 3-year transition period

The revised food safety management system standard ISO 22000:2018 has been published marking the start of a three-year transition period for certified companies.

It takes a precautionary approach to food safety by helping to recognize, prevent and decrease foodborne hazards in the food and feed chains.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) said it is aimed at all organizations in the food and feed industries, regardless of size, sector or location.

Importance of hazard control

The non-government group, which has a membership of 161 national standards bodies, added globalization further complicates food safety and every company must have adequate controls as hazards may be introduced at any stage of the procedure.

It is the first revision of the standard since 2005 and certified companies must move to the 2018 version by 19 June 2021 when the 2005 edition will be withdrawn.

ISO said the update makes it easier for organizations to combine ISO 22000 with other management systems (such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001) at a given time.

It has a new approach to risk that distinguishes between the operational and business level of the management system and strong links to Codex Alimentarius – a collection of internationally recognized standards and guidelines related to food.

The standard combines interactive communication, systems management, Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs) and the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).