Businesses are being encouraged to digest the revised ISO certification on food safety standards to ensure they are compliant ahead of the proposed deadline of June 2021.
ISO 22000:2018, Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain was published last month to help identify, prevent and reduce foodborne hazards in the food and feed chain. It replaces the 2005 certification.
“The evolving complexities of the food trade have been exacerbated in recent years by the globalisation of the industry and the ongoing challenges of safe, sustainable food production remain critical within the sector,” said Joy Franks, food market director for Europe Operating Group at Bureau Veritas. “The publication of the revised ISO 22000 standard brings clarity for organisations already using the existing standard, with an overall aim of preventing and reducing foodborne hazards.
“Whilst the introduction of new ISO standards are expected as a reflection of the changing needs of the global food industry, it can still be confusing and potentially overwhelming for business to understand the depth and breadth of the changes and how it might impact their business. It’s therefore crucial that organisations try to get to grips with the revised standard as soon as possible, in order to ensure a smooth transition process ahead of the compliance deadline of June 2021.”
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) reports that over 200 diseases are spread by the food chain.